Keynote Speaker Lesley Kelly
A marketer by trade and entrepreneur, Lesley farms with her family on their grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan and is the head and heart behind the alias High Heels & Canola Fields where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. She learned of the disconnect while building a snack food company using the grain grown on her farm. Lesley’s goal in being
involved in agriculture beyond the farm is to build community and connection that help both the industry, farmers and consumers.
Lesley has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She has been part of Bell Let's Talk that has raised over $149 million dollars for mental health community initiatives across Canada and co-founded the Do More Agriulture Foundation, a Canadian registered charity solely focused on mental health in agriculture, whose mission is to break barriers, support all Canadian
farmers in taking care of their mental health and bring much needed resources to the industry. Since its inception in 2018, the foundation has trained thousands of farmers across Canada in mental health. She was recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction award for this work.
Graeme Crosbie, FCC
Graeme Crosbie is a Senior Economist at FCC.
His focus areas include macroeconomic analysis
and insights and monitoring and analyzing Canada’s
food and beverage industries. Having grown up
on a dairy farm in southern Saskatchewan, he
occasionally comments on the health of the dairy
industry in Canada.
Markus has a passion for applying technology and data to improving farm management, both for profitability and sustainability. Markus grew up on a large mixed grain and cattle farm near Camrose, Alberta, where he implemented electronic tagging of the cow-calf herd and early adoption of variable rate fertilizer. He earned agriculture, law and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta. He is an agricultural consultant at Serecon, a mid-size independent agricultural consulting firm in Edmonton. As a Professional Agrologist, he has completed projects for a large variety of clients, often with emphasis on sustainability and modelling/quantification. For the past two years, he has leveraged his networks in agribusiness and passion for precision farming to establish LandView Drones. LandView, originally farm management software, now combines sensor technologies for crop health imaging with unmanned robotic aircraft and necessary software. While actively bundling today’s technology for immediate use on farms, Markus is a realist and sees some of the current limitations of the technology, in addition to its huge opportunities.
Roxanne Doerksen, T.R.A.D. Worm Industries
Being raised in Southern Alberta ag, I saw my parents find solutions in the most improbable places. Did it drive me nuts to straighten nails, you bet it did, but did I try and circumvent just doing the work by hiding them? Sure did! Now looking back I can see that those were the times I looked for innovative solutions.
Ag now isn't much different. We are looking for solutions that help to increase yield and reduce cost, all while honoring our core fundamentals of being good stewards of the land we are entrusted with. I believe this is paramount to innovation. I am so grateful that worms and modular vermicomposting is how we are utilizing on farm organic waste to ament soil.
T.R.A.D. Worm Industries Ltd is committed to providing the best natural products for your growing needs. Our micro-biologically diverse castings are lab tested to ensure that your plants are getting everything they need while safeguarding local pets and children.
Martyn O'Donnell, MALT Media
Born in the UK, I earned a Bachelors of Science from MHC and found my passion in remote-controlled vehicles. Obtaining my drone license in 2014, I joined MHPS in 2015, leading the development of their drone program. Recognizing the widespread need for drones, I now focus on a research program introducing multispectral mapping for agriculture. My ambition is to innovate through "swarm technology," enabling faster analysis and precise mapping, as well as introducing precision spraying in the near future. I am keen to share my expertise and contribute to advancements within the drone Ag industry.
Blaine Cash, Cash Cattle Co.
Blaine Cash farms with his family just outside of Seven Persons, AB. Cash Cattle Company dabbles in many different areas including: grains, forages, export timothy, cow calf, small feedlot and is beginning to expand their pure-bred collection. Blaine oversees the crop side of things along with irrigation and is a heavy duty mechanic. He is trying to improve the soil health through balanced nutrition and implement cover/grazing crops which also helps livestock health and feed efficiency.
Tracy Stroud, APEX Alberta
Tracy has worked in Economic Development for various organizations over the past 15 years, but always helping business owners in
some capacity. Currently, she is the Manager of APEX Alberta, the Regional Innovation Network for SE Alberta. APEX is an alliance of local organizations focused on helping regional innovators and tech companies start and grow.
This past year, Tracy has also enjoyed working with economic
development and innovation stakeholders across the province to build the drone ecosystem in Alberta. Being born on a farm in Saskatchewan, she is excited about the opportunities for drones to increase productivity in agriculture practices, and she encourages everyone to check out www.apexalberta.ca/drones for more information.
Breakout Session Presenters
First 48 Hours of a Calf's Life
Dr. Krista Dayman
In-Bin Grain Storage & Management
Dr. Chandra Singh, Lethbridge College
Panel: Farm Direct Marketing
Nichole Neubauer, Neubauer Farms
Dr. Willemijn Appels, Lethbridge College
Farm Financials: Bookkeeping, Succession Planning & More
Tara Schafer, MNP
Forage Blends for Southern Alberta
Trends in AgTech
Solar on the Farm
Dr. Krista Dayman
Dr. Krista Dayman is a livestock veterinarian who is
passionate about bovine medicine, and has a special interest in herd health, theriogenology and pathology. While she was born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan, Dr. Dayman settled in Medicine Hat in 2016 with her husband John. She founded her mobile practice, Badlands Veterinary Services in 2020, and has
been working alongside her clients to raise the best beef in the world.
Dr. Chandra Singh
Dr. Chandra Singh is Senior Research Chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology at the Lethbridge College in Alberta, Canada. He recently founded Advanced Postharvest Technology Centre at the college. He conducts research on postharvest storage and handling of grains, sugar beets and otatoes, natural air drying, aeration, mathematical modelling, sensing, automation, machine learning, and non-destructive quality evaluation of agri-food products using NIR hyperspectral imaging.
Prior to joining Lethbridge College, he was Associate
Professor of Stored Grains Facilities at the University of South Australia. Earlier he worked as a Principal Engineer-Grain Management with a Calgary-based world-leading advanced grain management technology company. Dr. Singh obtained his Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He completed his masters in Postharvest Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and bachelor in Agricultural Engineering from G.B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India
As a passionate agriculture educator and industry advocate, Nichole has been welcoming teachers and students to their family farm since 2005. The purpose: to gain a first-hand account of agriculture and the agri-food system.
Neubauer Farms grows pulses, cereals, oil seeds, forage and runs a cow-calf operation on both dryland and irrigated acres. In 2013, Neubauer Farms offered the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the Cypress County region. Since then, the Neubauer’s have been providing hyper-local, farm-fresh produce, free-range eggs, and ground beef to a loyal contingent of customers. This has been an incredibly meaningful opportunity to connect the farm with families who are interested in purchasing locally grown food while supporting the farms that grow it.