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IRIS MECK, Conference Director, Farm Forum Event
SASKATOON, SK: Agronomy-focused sessions at the virtual Farm Forum Event will qualify for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) ‘continuing education units’ (CEU) in 2020. The conference is a future-focused agriculture production conference, featuring the industry’s top thought leaders, innovators, researchers and strategists. The Farm Forum Event will be an interactive virtual AG production conference, connecting farmers and agronomists with each other and the presenters, and offering insights into research and findings, that have come about this year. The Prairie Certified Crop Adviser Board confirmed last week, 25 online sessions at the Farm Forum Event, on November 9th & 10th, 2020, will qualify for a total of 13.5 CEU credits. A wide range of sessions, on soil health, AgTech, precision agriculture, crop nutrient research, biologicals, grazing strategies and cropping management will be presented at the Farm Forum Event virtual conference. “This year, with many in-person meetings and learning opportunities being postponed or cancelled, it’s become more challenging for agronomists to get the credits they need to keep their certification up to date,” said Kevin Yaworsky, who is on the planning committee for Farm Forum Event. “Twenty-five of our sessions meet the Prairie CCA Board criteria, so agronomists can take in this single event over two days and qualify for a number of CEUs.” Yaworsky notes, agronomists are an important part of decision-making teams on many Canadian farms. As such, it’s vital they stay up-to-date on the latest news, trends, research and technology. Producers will also find leading-edge information and critical production research at the conference, which is a help when so many crop tours and research days are not taking place in person in 2020. The Farm Forum Event conference was scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in November. With COVID-19 restrictions for in-person meetings, the organizers are instead offering Canadian farmers and agronomists an interactive virtual ag production conference. Farmers and agronomists will be able to connect with each other and the presenters, and gain insights into the research and findings that have come about this year. The virtual Farm Forum Event features speakers like: Mark Belmonte, Michael Gomes, Kelly Turkington and producers Colin Rosengren, Tim Nerbas, Andy Kirschenman and Ryan Boyd. Speakers Sylvain Charlebois, Andrew Coyne and Carlo Dade will share their outlook for agriculture and food, the current political landscape, and trade. “We have had a lot of agronomists attend the conference in the past and we wanted to be sure they have a way to meet their learning requirements,” explains Yaworsky. “Work on the farm hasn’t stopped this year, so we want to help agronomists and farmers stay informed and profitable.” The 2020 Farm Forum Event virtual conference takes place on November 9th & 10th. More information is available at farmforumevent.com.