Ontario Winter 2024 farm show preview

Ontario Winter 2024 farm show preview
Jan 09, 2024

Six shows take place in the first two months

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

2024 may only be a few days old but the farm show calendar is chalked full of events for farmers and industry reps to learn and network.

Farms.com will provide the pertinent information for upcoming farm shows across Canada and the United States throughout the year.

This article will focus on the farm shows happening in Ontario in the early months of the year.

Between January and the end of February, six farm shows are on the calendar.

The Eastern Ontario Crop Conference, which is part of the overall Ontario Ag Conference experience, takes place Jan. 16 at the Kemptville Campus Community Centre Parish Hall, 40 Campus Dr., beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The one-day conference will feature 12 presentations on topics like growing quality forages, supersizing soybean yields and managing spring soil conditions.

Three days later at Forbes Hall, located at 2001 University Ave. E, in Waterloo, the Midwest Ag Conference takes place. This is also part of the overall Ontario Ag Conference family of events.

It begins at 8:30 a.m. and will have six sessions attendees can take in.

Topics include practical paths to improving soil health, optimizing grain crop agronomy and key take home messages from local farmers.

Moving into February, the sixth Northern Ontario Agriculture Conference happens on Feb. 12 and 13.

The show takes place at the Travelway Inn Sudbury.

The show’s theme is “Cultivating Connections & Celebrating Sustainability,” and will highlight links between the ag community and a sustainable future.

Speaker topics for the show include managing rising costs, tech advancements in ag equipment and farmer wellness.

Two farm shows are scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22.

One is the 2024 Innovative Farmers Conference, going down at the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo. A virtual livestream option is also available.

The event is helping usher in the era of “Future Ready Farms,” the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario says, helping farmers be financially and ecologically sustainable.

More than 30 speakers will be on hand for discussions about robotics, nitrogen management, biostrip till and perennial crop systems.

The other show scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 is the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.

Organizers have made changes to the event.

New for 2024 is the OFVC kick-off party. Happening at the TGI Fridays at the Wyndham Fallsview Hotel on Feb. 20, attendees can enjoy finger foods, a cash bar and networking opportunities.

And the young farmer lunch & learn has a new format.

Taking place Feb. 22 from noon to 1:30 in The Lounge, this opportunity for farmers under 40 offers a speed dating format for conversations with industry experts.

The 2024 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show happens on Feb. 29 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph.

Information on the agenda will be posted on the event’s website.

Details on these farm shows and other Ontario ag events can be found on the Farms.com farm show calendar page.

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