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Explore Edmonton is putting in an additional $210,000 in prize money for breed exhibitors this year. But a bigger draw might be rapid on-site COVID testing for exhibitors.

Farmfair offers exhibitors rapid COVID test, refund guarantee

Passing the test allows three days of attendance, but the offer doesn’t extend to the general public

Reading Time: 2 minutes In response to recent provincial restrictions, all Farmfair attendees will have to show proof of full vaccination before entering the event. It’s either that or offer proof of a medical exemption or a privately acquired COVID test. The move by event organizer Explore Edmonton is in response to provincial restrictions for indoor events and other […] Read more

Agri-Trade is ready to get on with business

Agri-Trade is ready to get on with business

Proof of vaccination or a recent test is ‘what we have to do to be able to go forward,’ says show manager

Reading Time: 3 minutes Planning a large-scale farm show during the pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but the organizers of Agri-Trade are getting geared up to return this November. “You never know from one day to the next what we were facing for a while, but the (Alberta) government has laid it out pretty clear what […] Read more


FarmTech is a go this winter

Reading Time: < 1 minute FarmTech will be held this January after missing last year because of the pandemic, the foundation that runs the event says. FarmTech 2022 will take place Jan. 25-26 at the Edmonton Expo Centre — but there will also be a virtual version. “Hosting a hybrid event will bring more value for sponsors who help make […] Read more

In-person networking at farm shows is still on the back-burner for now, but there are online opportunities to be had if you’re prepared to reach out.

Don’t put your networking on hold because you can’t meet in person

Making new contacts is as important as ever — here are four tips for networking virtually

Reading Time: 3 minutes You won’t be able to schmooze at events and conferences this winter, but it’s still important to network. However, it’s not easy, said Darlene McBain, who used to travel frequently in her job as manager of industry relations for Farm Credit Canada. Trying to build a network at her computer during the lockdown just felt […] Read more


farm show booth

Keeping farmers on the leading edge

FarmTech 2015 features nearly three dozen speakers, with topics 
ranging from weed resistance to how to work with generation Y

Reading Time: 2 minutes The goal hasn’t changed since the first FarmTech conference in 2000 — helping farmers who are seeking to gain an edge from the latest technology, innovations, and top-flight experts. “Producers will be able to choose from a variety of concurrent speakers whose only appearance in Alberta this year will be at FarmTech 2015,” said conference […] Read more

overhead view of farm show

Western Canada’s first annual outdoor farm show coming in July

Ag in Motion is being created on 320 acres near Saskatoon and will include 
field demonstrations for crop inputs and equipment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia, Canada’s largest agricultural news and information publisher, is expanding the farm show part of its business with the creation of a new demonstration-focused, outdoor farm show called Ag in Motion on 320 acres of farmland just outside of Saskatoon. “What’s really unique about this show is it brings agriculture equipment and inputs to […] Read more


“If you’re looking for a piece of equipment or technology, I’m pretty sure we’re the one-stop shop for you.” – Dianne Smirl

Farmers can kick tires and talk shop at 31st Agri-Trade farm show

With more than 425 exhibitors and an even bigger floor space, 
Agri-Trade is the place to check out new equipment 
and connect with old friends

Reading Time: 2 minutes Central Alberta’s biggest farm show is back and the 31st edition of Agri-Trade is bigger than ever, with new exhibitors, new spaces, and, of course, new equipment for farmers to explore. “I think they’re going to be very impressed with the exhibitor mix we have in the show,” said show manager Dianne Smirl. “If you’re […] Read more