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Southern Ag Advantage Dec. 2-3

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Southern Alberta is in a league of its own when it comes to agricultural production. From sugar beets to canola to cattle, the region boasts an abundance of crops and livestock. But this wealth does not come without its woes.

At the Southern Ag Advantage conference and trade show in Medicine Hat on December 2 and 3, some of the most pressing issues in agriculture will be discussed by industry experts.

No-till pioneer Wayne Lindwall will kick off the conference, which is hosted by the Southern Alberta Conservation Association. Lindwall, now retired and living in Ottawa, spent 35 years with Agriculture Canada, some of that time in Lethbridge, developing and promoting conservation tillage in Canada. In March, he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the government of Canada for his work.

Next up on the agenda is Roger Larson, president of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, with his presentation, “Swallowing the Nitrogen Pill: A Closer Look at the Global Fertilizer Picture.” With fertilizer prices on the rise, this is a timely issue. The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesalers, and retail distributors of commercial fertilizers.

Every operation deals with risk at some level. Roger Gates and Jack Davis from South Dakota will be at the conference to talk about managing risk and will provide tangible tools for evaluating risk for your own operation. Their talk is split into three sessions, with the latter two available as concurrent sessions.

Other topics addressed in the concurrent sessions include insect pests, super weeds, native grasses, farm energy efficiency and crop disease.

Chris Procyk, manager of the Southern Alberta Conservation Association, points to the sessions on GPS technology. He says the modules explain the capabilities of GPS beyond navigation, such as yield monitoring.

Procyk says one change from previous conferences is the use of high profile evening entertainment. This year, Lanny McDonald, National Hockey League veteran and Montana businessman, will take the stage as the evening speaker. The All-Star and former caption of both the Rockies and the Flames will share his unique perspective on the role of sports leaders in the community, on and off the ice.

For conference program inquiries, call (403) 381-5118. To register, call (888) 647-6336 or visit www.mhstampede.com.

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