Staff gather latest info and innovations

By the time you read this, the 2016 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, will be over. So will the Tactical Farming conference in Calgary.

But the best is yet to come.

Western Producer managing editor Michael Raine was in Louisville covering the latest developments in agricultural engineering. Mike lives for this kind of work. And work he will. A look over the agenda for that conference offers titles such as, “PC based data acquisition,” “lightweight casting design,” “advancements in forage and biomass technologies” and “electrification: the new frontier in agricultural machines.”

Mike will bring this information, and much more, to readers over the next few weeks both in these pages and online at producer.com.

At the same time, the first of the AE50 awards will be unveiled.

AE50’s panel of engineers judge products and technology available in the marketplace in the previous year based on, among other things, innovation and their affect on the industry. Information is released over about three weeks, so keep an eye out for these developments.

As well, look for coverage of the Tactical Farming conference in Calgary, held Feb. 10-11. The agenda focuses on technology and precision agriculture. Ron Lyseng is back in the saddle after some time off. He is well versed in machinery and agronomy. We will feature his coverage in our Production section and of course, online, over the next few weeks.

Then comes the Commodity Classic in New Orleans. This is a huge conference for exhibitors and meetings with soybean, wheat and corn growers.

Michael and reporter Sean Pratt will, as Mike put it, “get some great intel’ on what’s going on in the markets.”

In mid-March we will publish a multi-week special report on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, detailing opportunities for farmers. This report is a co-operative effort of Glacier Farm Media, which owns The Western Producer, the Manitoba Co-operator and many other respected farm publications.

Times are tough for farmers right now, so our reporters know how important it is to provide the critical information needed to get the best yields and margins. Look for that in days and weeks ahead.

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