February 9 & 10, 2018 – Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta

If you are a farmer or rancher working to grow a sustainable and profitable farm business, this is the event for you! Discover innovative ideas, practical techniques and sensible management practices for every farmer at the 2018 Organic Alberta conference.

Tentative Conference Program

Friday, February 9th:

  • Seed Saving: Looking at the How-To’s – Shane Wood, Wildrose Heritage Seed Company
  • What’s up With CSA’s? – Janice Shelton, Jolene Shelton, Daniel Chappell, Organic Farmers
  • Choosing New Varieties From the Customer, Producer, and Climate Perspective – Trevor Aleman, Janice Shelton, Mads Lund, Organic Farmers

Friday, February 9th:

  • Thinking Beyond the Farm
  • Intercropping – Ward Middleton, Organic Farmer
  • Post-Harvest Grain Quality – Cody Straza, Organic Farmer
  • Record-Keeping and Organic Integrity – Ward Middleton, Farmer and Bernie Ehnes, Inspector
  • Strategies for Weed Control in the Transition Years – Anne Kirk
  • Nutrients on Organic Farms – Anne Kirk

Friday, February 9th:

  • Organic Management of Herd and Flock Health – Dorothy Marshall and Mike Froese, Organic Farmers
  • Market for Organic Beef
  • Feeding for Profit: Strategies for Sourcing Organic Feed – Ryan Koory, Mercaris

Saturday, February 10th:

  • Cultural Demographics and New Crop Opportunities – Robert Spencer
  • Living Respiring Product: Understanding the Cold Chain – Keith Ball, Rosemary Wotske, Cam Beard
  • Wholesaling Your Organic Vegetables: A Buyer’s Perspective – Andrew Mans, Yamily Zavala

Saturday, February 10th:

  • Soil Health – Ryan Cameron, Justin Duban, Organic Farmers
  • Protein Market Updates
  • Analysis of Niche Markets and Trends: What is Next?
  • Processing as an Economic Engine
  • Grain Buyers Session

Saturday, February 10th:

  • Owning More of the Value Chain: Considerations for On-Farm Processing – Kathy Bosse
  • Local Food Strategy and Act: Marketing Into the new Regulatory Environment
  • Integrating Compost Teas Into Your Farm – Dawn Boileau, Yamily Zavala

Registration

Accomodations

Book your Hotel Today! Mention Organic Alberta for the preferred rate.

  • Sandman Hotel, located 3 km’s north of Westerner Park. Call 403-343-7400 to book.
  • Days Inn, located 3 km’s from Westerner Park. Call 403-340-3297 to book.
  • Holiday Inn, located 2.5 km’s from Westerner Park. Click here to book online. Booking code “OAC”.