Written by: Krista Gladstone, St. Clair Regional Communication Coordinator 

As the fall harvest wraps-up, it is time for Ontario farmers to begin thinking about the great lineup of agriculture conferences being offered during winter 2022. These conferences are designed to inspire, educate, and allow participants to exchange expertise and insights which positions Ontario’s farmers for success through farm management excellence. Offering a variety of speakers, discussion panels and interactive learning, conference organizers have put together top-notch content through virtual platforms. Virtual conferences allow you to learn and network from anywhere—your home, office, field, barn, or truck —and provide the flexibility to access pre-recorded content at your own pace. Participants can engage in sessions and programs that they may not have been able to access from their area in a more typical year.

Here are just some of the conferences planned:

The 56th annual Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (GBFW) conference, will take place virtually from January 4-11, 2022. Without the limitations of long-distance travel, GBFW22 is available to anyone, anywhere. All can look forward to the opportunity to mingle and network with speakers, fellow producers, and industry professionals. Additionally, without the requirement for speakers to travel, the conference can draw from a broader pool of presenters, from across Canada, the US and the UK. There will be industry updates, producer mingle periods, speaker Q&As, producer panels, an exhibitor hall, and of course, the top-notch educational content that is expected of GBFW.
The dates are as follows:
Check Your Tech Tuesday (CYTT) – January 4th
Beef Day – Wednesday January 5th
Dairy Day – Thursday January 6th
Goat Day – Friday January 7th
Sheep Day – Saturday January 8th
Ecological Day – Monday January 10th
Crops Day – Tuesday January 11th

Each day features live and on-demand presentations from outstanding speakers and producer panels that will dig into topics pertinent to each commodity. The presentations can be accessed during the week, or during a 30-day encore period once the conference has wrapped up. To find more information about Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week 2022, including the full daily agendas and how to register, please go to the website: www.gbfw.ca. You can also like, share, tweet and follow #GBFW22 on social media at @GBFarmersWeek. If you have any questions, please call Grey Ag Services at 519-986-3756, or email info@greyagservices.ca.


The SouthWest Agricultural Conference, Eastern Ontario Crop Conference, Golden Horseshoe and Heartland SCIAs have collaborated again this year, to put together their second edition of the Ontario Agricultural Conference (OAgC). With LIVE sessions on January 5-6, 2022, and ON DEMAND sessions available until March 31, 2022. This is a conference you simply cannot afford to miss. Under the theme of “Building Resilience”, this combined team of conference specialists has assembled an incredible array of 40-plus topics, providing immense knowledge and information to improve your operation’s efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability. With a star-studded speaker lineup, time for questions, a wide range of topics, an end of day “Building Resilience Social” on January 5th, and an Exhibition Hall packed with keen conference sponsors, you are invited to register at: www.OntarioAgConference.ca.

Due to its popularity last year, TEC Talk Tuesdays will return every Tuesday evening from January 11th until February 22nd, where conference speakers will be available to discuss topics and answer questions via Zoom. Follow OAgC on Twitter @OAgC22 #OAgC22 and please send any inquiries via email: info@ontarioagconference.ca.

The fourth annual Northern Ontario Ag. Conference (NOAC) will take place virtually in February 2022. Agriculture in Northern Ontario faces some unique challenges when compared to other regions, and the goal of the NOAC is to impart information to producers that allows them to overcome these challenges, improve their operations, and increase their farm incomes.

As in previous years, the 2022 NOAC will feature presentations from researchers and farmers working in northern Ontario, with a focus on the transfer of practical information. Videos from the Producer Research Day of the 2021 NOAC can be found on the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) YouTube channel. Follow NOFIA on Facebook and on Twitter at @NOFIA_Agri to stay up to-date with Northern Ontario Ag Conference Developments!

As the long winter months approach, we encourage you to sign up for one (or all) of these excellent conferences! What better way to sharpen your skills, listen to experts, spark a new interest that may grow your farm business, and network with fellow producers? Let’s celebrate agriculture as we grow our brains this winter!


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