Shows, meetings, events abound

One of the goals of The Western Producer is of course to talk to farmers, but also to talk to people that farmers would like to talk to if they had the opportunity. (It is one of Managing Editor Michael Raine’s many mantras.)

To that end, this time of the year is when our journalists are dispersed to various parts of the country — indeed the continent — to chat with experts in various fields, as it were. Just after the harvest, our reporters fan out in earnest to bring the latest ag news to readers.

Last week kept us busy. Livestock editor Barb Glen covered the Banff Pork Seminar, while in Saskatoon the big shows were CropSphere and Crop Production Week — look for reports from Robin Booker, Michael Raine, Sean Pratt, D’Arce McMillan and Brian Cross.

As well, Calgary-based reporter Barb Duckworth was in Denver, Colorado, for the National Western Stock Show. Look for coverage in this week’s Livestock section.

Also, this week Barbara is at the Alberta Federation of Agriculture meeting in Camrose, and back there next week for the Canadian Bull Congress, before heading off to Nashville, Tennessee, for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention and then onto the Dairy Farmers of Canada policy conference in Ottawa. (If you saw Barbara’s travel agenda for the next two months, you’d take a deep breath before contemplating such a schedule.)

Next week, look for coverage online and in print (the following week) from Brandon of the 40th Manitoba Ag Days show by Robert Arnason, Ed White and Ron Lyseng.

This week on page 60 you’ll also see a report on sustainable farming from Arnason, who attended the Northern Prairies Ag Innovation Alliance, which held its conference last week in Minot, North Dakota.

Also next month, reporter Sean Pratt is off to the annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. This is one of the busiest and biggest shows and conferences of the year in North America, so you can expect to look for good coverage in the Producer both in print and online.

Later in February, Karen Briere from our Regina bureau is off to Ottawa for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting, where she’ll cover the key topics of the meeting: globalization, natural resources and strategies for growth.

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