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! This year we have partnered with Rural Routes to Climate Solutions to bring you a special series on climate change (click here to learn more).

Discover innovative ideas, practical techniques and sensible management practices for every farmer at the 2018 Organic Alberta conference.

Some of Our Speakers

Tia Loftsgard

Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association

Tia Loftsgard will present “Consumer Demand for Organics”, highlighting recent statistics for Canadian and Albertan organic consumer trends. Nearly 20 years experience has provided Loftsgard with a breadth of knowledge regarding advocacy, sustainability, and opportunity in organic agriculture.

Dr. Yamily Zavala

Crop & Soil Health Management Specialist, Chinook Applied Research Association

Dr. Yamily Zavala, the Crop and Soil Health Management Specialist from the Chinook Applied Research Association will bring practical information including “Soil Health in Grain Operations”, “Healthy Soils in Vegetable Crops” and “Integrating Compost Teas Into Your Farm”. Dr. Zavala has worked on research and extension programs for various cropping systems worldwide, making her an invaluable source of knowledge and experience.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Writer, Attorney, Livestock Rancher

Nicolette Hahn Niman will open the discussion of “Cattle vs. Climate Change”, the role livestock can play in climate mitigation and environmental stewardship. Niman is the author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production, and Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms as well as numerous essays for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.  She works to spread awareness about problems inherent in industrial food production and to move agriculture toward more ecological farming.

Dr. Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center

Dr. Tracy Misiewicz is the Associate Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. She works closely with researchers, industry, farmers, and policy makers to identify organic research needs, facilitate project implementation and communicate scientific results across the organic sector. She leads the Center’s reports compiling current science on critical issues affecting organic food and farming and also heads The Center’s grant writing program, and has written many successful scientific and educational grants to support research and outreach on issues of importance to organic stakeholders.  Misiewicz received her Master’s in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Accomodations

Book your Hotel Today! 

  • 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.

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