Your 2020 agricultural calendar of winter events

The first 90 days offer impressive opportunities for new insights, new technologies and new points of view

The one thing we can know for sure as we enter this new decade is that it will be vital to get a good start on 2020. So maybe it’s not so bad that popular culture sees New Year’s as a time for making resolutions and pledges. The seed and the fertilizer may be ordered and your planter could be waiting in the drive shed but preparing for spring includes wintertime trade shows, seminars, annual meetings and conventions. These are places and events brimming with information on technologies, trends and innovation.

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Many of these events generate their own level of anticipation, which is why Country Guide offers this annual glimpse of what’s ahead on the calendar.

For more details on registrations, admission fees, agendas and helpful information on accommodations, restaurants or local attractions, check the website links provided with each listing.


Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario — “Innovative Economics”

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
121 Chisholm Drive
Milton, Ont.

  • Speakers: Phil Shaw, Pedro Figuereo and James Dyck

For full agenda and to register go to:


27th Annual Southwest Agricultural Conference

Tuesday, January 7 and
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus
Ridgetown, Ont.

National and international speakers will share the latest information, from pest and nutrient management to social marketing and rules of the road, and from maximizing yields to grain marketing. Feature speakers include Dr. Tom Deans on “Willing Wisdom” and ensuring succession success, while Michael Landsberg shares how he travelled from depression to hope, building under-standing and beating the stigma. Also worth catching are the trade show and Taste Ontario reception. Livestream access will be available for those unable to attend.

Salon de l’agriculture

Tuesday, January 14 to
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Espace Saint-Hyacinthe
Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

The 34th edition of this show, organized by the Société d’Agriculture de Saint-Hyacinthe, brings together more than 300 exhibitors, including farm equipment, machinery, seeds, services and innovations to help growers with their operations.

CerealSmart (part of FarmSmart Agricultural Conference)

Friday, January 17, 2020
Forbes Hall, RIM Manulife Financial Sportsplex
Waterloo, Ont.

  • Feature speaker is Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies

For full agenda and to register go to:

FarmSmart Agricultural Conference

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ont.

A full day event that features more than 50 sessions with plenty of timely topics.

For full agenda and to register go to:

Ontario Canola Growers Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Nottawasaga Inn
Alliston, Ont.

  • Featured speaker is Steve Kell of Parrish & Heimbecker

For full agenda and to register go to:

Guelph Organic Conference 2020

Thursday, January 23 to
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Guelph University Centre
Guelph, Ont.

More than 40 workshops covering topics such as transition economics, cover crops, weed management, organic orchard management, market access, soil health, livestock options for small farms, beekeeping and more. The free two-day trade show on Saturday and Sunday offers more than 150 exhibitors including small equipment suppliers, grain traders, garden supplies and organic food sampling.

Chatham-Kent Farm Show

Wednesday, January 29 and
Thursday, January 30, 2020
John D. Bradley Chatham-Kent
Convention Centre
Chatham, Ont.

This is the seventh annual event, featuring more than 130 local exhibitors with the latest in farm equipment and technology. There are also free seminars on a variety of topics of interest to farmers and agri-business stakeholders.

2020 Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Technology Showcase

Wednesday, January 29 and
Thursday, January 30, 2020
RBC Place London
London, Ont.

This showcase has established itself as one of the best events to learn about the latest in precision agriculture. The 2020 conference will expand its focus to include precision agriculture techniques for livestock producers in addition to crop farmers with a focus on the dairy industry. Includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a tradeshow that showcases leading precision agriculture agribusinesses.

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ 2020 Industry Conference

Wednesday, January 29 and
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Four Points Sheraton
London, Ont.

An annual event, this conference brings processors and growers together, along with industry suppliers and government representatives, to address issues that are having an impact on the industry. Advanced registration is highly recommended.


Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Annual Conference

Tuesday, February 4 and
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Best Western Lamplighter Inn and
Conference Centre
London, Ont.

Two days of dynamic speakers, informative presentations, engaging panel discussions and networking.

For information on how to register and updates on the agenda please visit:

2020 Eastern Ontario Crops Conference

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
North Grenville Municipal Centre
Kemptville, Ont.

The Eastern Ontario Crop Conference program is designed to provide growers and agribusiness personnel with in-depth crop management information. Participants may select up to eight sessions from more than 20 presented throughout the day. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available for most sessions. This is a co-operative effort of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Eastern Ontario Crop Advisory Committee.

World Ag Expo

Tuesday, February 11 to
Thursday, February 13, 2020
International Agri-Centre
Tulare, California

Billed as the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition, organizers present what’s new in innovations and inventions with opportunities to share in conversations pertaining to the world of agriculture. More than 1,500 exhibitors along with the latest in farm equipment and technology, plus free seminars and daily equipment showcases.

National Farm Machinery Show (“The Louisville Show”)

Wednesday, February 12 to
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, Kentucky

The largest indoor farm show in America will cover more than 27 acres and host 890 exhibitors this year, along with new product launches, seminars and networking opportunities.

Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario — “A Day with Joel Williams”

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Best Western Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

Learn how root exudates work above and below ground to power your soil’s agro-ecosystem. This event is limited to 100 participants. For full agenda and to register go to:

Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario 2020 Conference

Wednesday, February 19 and
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Best Western Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

This year’s speakers and topics feature: Michael Thompson: Cover Crops fed beef and Rotational Grazing; Odette Menard: Soil Health and its Enemies; Joel Williams: Companion Crops; Dr. Marc Lucotte: How to Minimize Glyphosate Effects on Soil Function. Plus lots of breakout sessions to encourage discussions beyond the presentations.

For full agenda and to register go to:

International Potato Technology Expo

Friday, February 21 and
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Eastlink Centre
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Billed as North America’s leading potato event, this international showcase has been held every other year for more than 20 years, focusing on all aspects of the industry — from seed to soil, production to harvest and storage. A full lineup of equipment, exhibitors and expert presentations.

Ontario Bean Growers Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Best Western Arden Park Hotel
Stratford, Ont.

For more details go to:

2020 Commodity Classic

Tuesday, February 25 to
Saturday, February 29, 2020
San Antonio, Texas

Farmer-led and farmer-focused, this industry event attracts thousands of farmers and agri-business representatives. Grower education, innovation and ideas plus a chance to listen and learn from some of the key leaders in the agri-food industry.


2020 East Central Farm Show

Wednesday, March 4 and
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Commonwell Exhibition Building
Lindsay Fairgrounds
Lindsay, Ont.

The East Central Farm Show is celebrating its 40th annual edition, with nearly 200 exhibitors expected for this year.

London Farm Show

Wednesday, March 4 to
Friday, March 6, 2020
Western Fair District
London, Ont.

One of the more anticipated events of the winter season, every facet of the agri-business sector is at this show. As it has in the past two years, the Metroland Media Agriplex and BMO Centre will feature more than 300,000 square feet of exhibitors, products, services, experts and equipment demonstrations. Planned with a wealth of information and contacts to grow your business.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Tuesday, March 17 to
Thursday, March 19, 2020
EY Centre
Ottawa, Ont.

Hosted by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association who say this is the place where farmers and industry professionals meet, visit, and share their passion. The event facilitates sharing information, provides networking opportunities, and helps build community. Exhibitors offer the latest in technology, equipment, seed, feed, and services.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic 2020 — “Marching Ahead”

Tuesday March 24, 2020
London Convention Centre
London, Ont.

As part of its 10th anniversary, Grain Farmers of Ontario will host the March Classic 2020 — Marching Ahead — to look forward to new challenges and opportunities, and look back in celebration at 10 years of accomplishments. Each year, the March Classic brings together hundreds of farmers, agriculture professionals, government and others to listen to world-renowned speakers and discuss global trends and understand their impact on farming.

To sign up for registration notice and for more details please visit:

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