Western Canadian Precision Ag. Conference

Farming Smarter in association with ARECA is hosting the first “PRECISION AG 2.0: The Next Generation” Conference at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, February 22-23 2012. As GPS and GIS is now everywhere, the next level is to understand how we can use this technology to make a profit and grow the industry. Topics covered will include increased profitability and sustainability, protecting the environment, optimizing your use of agricultural inputs, data management, on-farm research and more.
The conference will feature...
-  2 full days with over 30 speakers & interactive breakout sessions
-  Current information on practices and technologies being adopted by progressive farmers in Western Canada and abroad
-  Topics for all skill levels and experience
-  35 tradeshow booths dedicated to precision agriculture
-  Meet with progressive and innovative practitioners of precision agriculture

Special room rates for the conference close January 28, 2012

To see the full agenda and register go to www.precision-ag.ca

Farming Smarter Conference

We are pleased to announce that based on feedback from attendees, the Farming Smarter Conference held at the Lethbridge Lodge, December 6, 7, 2011 was the most successful and well received event we have hosted in many years! 
Approximately 290 farmers, agronomists, industry representatives and others enjoyed a wide range of forward thinking topics.  Highlights included Jolene Brown, Dr. Dwayne Beck, Kevin Hursh, Tom Droog, Dr. Mario Trono, Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers.  In all honesty, all speakers and topics were very highly rated and we would like to thank all them for helping make it a memorable and thought provoking event.  Here are just a few positive comments:

Can’t think of a thing to suggest—it was just great!!

Great job Farming Smarter Crew!

Just another great program!

Great work!  Excellent!  Very informative and entertaining.

Our team was extremely impressed with the show. Congrats on its success and all the work you have put into it. We look forward to working with you next year.

Excellent focus on technology and new issues to agriculture. Very forward looking—Keep it up!

Everything discussed this year was extremely relevant and something we all need to pay attention to. Well done!!

4-H Social was awesome!

A special kudos goes out to all the sponsors, tradeshow participants and attendees whose support is critical to ensuring that we are able to organize a valuable event.  Last but not least, thanks to the board of directors and committee members for enabling and contributing to the event.

This year we hoped to include “youth” in agriculture and we felt the best way was to include presentations from 4-H speakers and based on comments we received this was a welcome addition. The Farming Smarter Fun, Food and 4-H Auction was a wonderful evening venture that resulted in over $10,000 being raised to support local 4-H in the Southern Region

Plans have started for the 2012 Farming Smarter Conference to be held in Medicine Hat, December 4th and 5th and we look forward to doing our best to deliver an exciting, entertaining and meaningful event.

Check out this video from Global Lethbridge about the Conference 

Check out this video from Farm.tv about the Conference

Check out pictures from the Farming Smarter Conference

Growing Stewardship Program

Save the Date - February 7, 2012

Holding the Reins

The OWC's Rural Team will be holding their 6th Annual Holding the Reins: Landowner Summit for the Oldman Watershed, on February 7, 2012 at the Fort Macleod Community Hall.

Please mark it in your calendar - registration will open in January; stayed tuned for more details!


January 2012 Update

For the Fiscal Year 2011/12 (April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012)
Funding is still available for all three Stewardship Programs.  Applications are still being processed, and can likely fit into this fiscal year’s budget if the project is already completed or will be completed by the end of February 2012.
For the Fiscal Year 2011/12 (as of January 5, 2012)
Program Area                            Applications Received               Projects Completed
ICM                                                      253                                           236
G&WFM                                               138                                           344
Manure                                                   49                                             59
For the Fiscal Year 2012/13 (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013)
Integrated Crop Management– (Closed) Based on the amount of applications we received already, funding is fully allocated for fiscal year 2012/13. The ICM program will not be accepting applications and will not reopen at any point in the year. 
Grazing and Winter Feeding Management– (Fully subscribed, but continuing to accept applications) Based on the amount of applications we received already, funding is fully allocated for fiscal year 2012/13. Since this is a priority program, we will still be accepting applications and will keep them on file incase more funding becomes available, at which point applicants will be notified directly.
Manure Management Program– (Open) Program has funding available and will continue to accept applications throughout the fiscal year 2012/13.
For Assistance with applications please contact Jamie Puchinger (jamie@farmingsmarter.com, 403-381-5118)

January 31 & February 1, 2012
Irrigated Crop Production Update

February 22 & 23, 2012
Precision Ag. Conference

Our vision is to become the key organization in Southern Alberta that advances agriculture through leadership in applied research and extension.