Cana­dian For­age and Grass­land As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence Nov. 14-15

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agriculture -

The Cana­dian For­age and Grass­land As­so­ci­a­tion (CFGA), in con­junc­tion with the Al­berta For­age In­dus­try Net­work (AFIN), is pleased to host its 9th an­nual con­fer­ence in Cal­gary, Nov. 14-15.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for this ex­cit­ing an­nual event that will high­light how the Cana­dian for­age and grass­land sec­tor is a crit­i­cal foun­da­tion for sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment through­out the Cana­dian agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

This year's theme is Foun­da­tion For­age: Built from the Ground Up, rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of a com­plete for­age crop­ping sys­tem, from soil health through to ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties.

"For­age and grass­lands are an im­por­tant com­po­nent of Cana­dian agri­cul­ture," says Cedric Ma­cLeod, CFGA's ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. "There are 72 mil­lion acres of for­age and grass­land in pro­duc­tion in Canada and the di­rect eco­nomic value is $5.09 bil­lion. It's crit­i­cal that we learn as much as we can about nur­tur­ing this crit­i­cal re­source through events like the CFGA con­fer­ence."

The con­fer­ence be­gins with an op­tional pre­con­fer­ence tour on Tues­day, Nov. 13 which will fea­ture vis­its to Na­maka Farms, a large-scale, fam­ily-owned feed­lot, the Ar­row­wood Hut­terite Colony and Wal­dron Graz­ing Co-op.

The main con­fer­ence will in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion of busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide prod­ucts or ser­vices to for­age pro­duc­ers and grass­land man­agers, or rep­re­sent a con­ser­va­tion or land stew­ard­ship-based or­ga­ni­za­tion con­cerned with the con­tin­ued loss of Canada's grass­lands; a full line-up of speak­ers on such top­ics as soil car­bon stor­age, for­age ex­ports, soil health en­hance­ment and prof­itable for­age sys­tems; and vir­tual farm tours that fea­ture in­no­va­tive pro­duc­ers across the coun­try.

A high­light of the con­fer­ence is the CFGA awards lun­cheon on Nov. 15 when the New Hol­land-spon­sored CFGA Lead­er­ship Award will be pre­sented.

This award rec­og­nizes an in­di­vid­ual, group or or­ga­ni­za­tion that ex­em­pli­fies or en­hances the goals of the CFGA and whose lead­er­ship in the for­age and grass­land sec­tor has im­pact of na­tional and/or in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

Nom­i­na­tions of can­di­dates for the 2018 CFGA Lead­er­ship Award are due Oct. 1. Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able on the CFGA web­site. Just click the "Nom­i­na­tion CFGA Lead­er­ship Award" but­ton on the right.

"This con­fer­ence is an ex­cel­lent plat­form for learn­ing, net­work­ing, ex­chang­ing ideas and strength­en­ing the Cana­dian for­age in­dus­try through hands-on learn­ing dur­ing the pre-con­fer­ence tour and learn­ing events with the in­dus­try's top play­ers," says Ma­cLeod.

Cana­dian For­age and Grass­land As­so­ci­a­tion was in­cor­po­rated in 2010, the Cana­dian For­age and Grass­land As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vides a na­tional voice for all Cana­di­ans who pro­duce hay and for­age prod­ucts and for those whose pro­duc­tion is de­pen­dent upon for­age/grass­land pro­duc­tion.

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