2007 Manitoba Forage Symposium

Mar 14, 2007

March 14th & 15th, 2007, MacDon, Winnipeg, MB

 Topics Covered
  • Are There Opportunities for Organic Hay in Manitoba?
  • Trucking & Transportation Issues
  • Potential for Forages in the Agri-Energy Movement
  • Marketing Horse Hay—What they want and how they want it.
  • Production & Management Sessions — How to continue producing the best forages in the world.
Extra banquet tickets are available for $25.00. Booth & diplay entries can be paid by credit card as well either online or over the phone.




8:30 am Registration & Visit Displays
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Update on the Canadian Hay Market
—Director, Canadian Hay Association
10:00 am Impact of Forages on Soil Health
—Dr. Mario Tenuta, Professor of Soil Ecology, University of Manitoba
10:45 am Coffee Break
Break-out Session Sessions
Session A
11:00 am Building Client Relationships, Barrie Sigurdson, Forage Producer, Gimli
11:45 am Maximizing Hay Quality Using the Green Gold Program, John McGregor, Farm Production Advisor MAFRI
Session B
11:00 am Certified vs Common Seed, Brad Pinkerton, Proven Seed
 11:45 am Forage Breeding Update, Dr. Bruce Coulman, Agriculture & Agri-Food ,Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre
12:30 pm Lunch & Trade Show
2:00 pm Producer Panel—Learning from Each Other
3:00 pm Climate Change & Water Issues on Agriculture Production on the Prairies
—Dr Dave Sauchyn, Professor of Geography, University of Regina
4:00 pm Manitoba Forage Council Annual General Meeting
Tour of MacDon Manufacturing Plant
Green Gold Banquet
at the MacDon Showcase Building
5:00 pm Cocktails & Manitoba Hay Competition
6:30 pm Roast Beef Supper
Banquet speaker Bill Chitwood from Oklahoma—OVERALL WIT & WISDOM
Manitoba Forage Council’s Fun Fundraising Auction—great items sold for a good cause.
Manitoba Hay Competition Awards. Visit with fellow forage producers and agribusiness.
8:00 am Registration & Visit Displays
8:30 am Overview of the Horse Hay Industry
—Tom Keene, Hay Marketing Specialist, University of Kentucky
9:15 am Communication & Building Relationships within the Hay Business
Joe Heese, Farm Partners Supply in Harlan, Iowa
10:15 am Coffee Break
Break-out Sessions
Session A
10:30 am Forage Testing: Manitoba Results —Karen Dupchak, Farm Production Extension -Animal Nutritionist, MAFRI & Glenn Friesen, Business Development Specialist—Forage, MAFRI
11:15 am Insect Issues in Hay Crops, —Brent Elliott, Farm Production Extension Entomologist, MAFRI
Session B
10:30 am Direct Sales vs Brokers,Tom Keene, Hay Marketing Specialist, University of Kentucky
11:15 am Trucking & Transportation Issues —Custom Haulers: Cliff Kooistra, Swan River & Ed Newfield, Winnipeg
12:30 pm Lunch & Trade Show
1:30 pm Fertility Management & Options in Forages —John Heard, Farm Production Extension, MAFRI
Agri-Energy & Potential for Forages , Roy Arnott, Business Development Specialist, MAFRI
2:15 pm Manitoba Opportunities in Organic Production
—David Schettler, Organic Producer & President of OPAM, Arborg, Manitoba
2:45 pm The Growing Organic Movement — Do Manitoba Forages Fit In?
Carmen Fernholz, Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM), Madison, Minnesota
3:30 pm Adjourn
Earlybird Registration on or before February 23rd, $110.00. After, $135.00.
Extra banquet tickets are $25.00.

Earlybird Registration on or before February 23rd, $110.00. After, $135.00.