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When & Why We Use Cover Crops

Avery Shepherd

Avery Shepherd

Imperial Seed | View Bio

Avery Shepherd

Imperial Seed

I run a Sunset Bison Ranch in northwest Saskatchewan with my wife and two girls, we have been growing cover crops for seven years which led to a job as a cover crop/ forage consultant. I was offered the job due to my experience with covers and took it to be around smarter people than me, to speed up my learning curve and connect with more great people.  Using covers and helping others has been a great learning experience and has made farming a lot of fun again, we have seen increased organic matter and water infiltration, improved animal health and reduced expenses since changing our management practices. The future is looking good.

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Cover crops in Western Canada can be a difficult concept to get started in, however the benefits are worth the effort, I will go over a few of the ways that cover crops can be used in a farming system.  Cover crops can help make a farm more drought resistant, increase profitability, decrease the need for fertilizer and many other benefits or they can become an unnecessary expense. I will try to help show you the thought process needed to help avoid making mistakes that lead to cover crop failures and keep you on the road to success.

Succession Planning Roadblock

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Reid Wilkie

Reid Wilkie

Smith & Hersey

My name is Reid Wilkie and I practice law with Smith and Hersey Agribusiness Law based in Medicine Hat, my remote offices in Oyen and Consort, and most small towns in southern Alberta without a stoplight.  Agriculture, and specifically estate planning is my primary area of practice across southern Alberta.  I love the fulfillment of being involved in passing down a successful farm with family harmony, however seeing once successful farms and family fall into chaos through neglect and poor planning is what I aim to help with. Over the past years I have presented at over 50 estate planning seminars giving families ideas on pitfalls and suggestions on this difficult and emotional process.  Challenges face the farms of a couple 1/4s to those measured in townships.  I am to be a professional helping my clients with more than just the technical aspect, but also the emotional and family ties to land passed down the generations.

Ironically, my upbringing wasn’t in agriculture, having been raised in some of Canada’s largest cities, however I was unusual in that I sought to leave the big city, married into a southern Alberta farming family, and greatly enjoy my rural practice.  When not working I enjoy spending time with my young family, working on home renovation projects (10 year background in construction), volunteering with my church, and looking for an excuse to cook some large piece of meat I shot on my smoker.

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A look into some of the major roadblocks farm families face when working through succession planning.

Cultivating Resilience on the Farm: How to Get Unstuck

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Leslie Kelly

Lesley Kelly actively farms with her family at Watrous, Saskatchewan.

Lesley is the head and heart behind the popular High Heels & Canola Fields blog that has attracted thousands from around the world where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. Lesley’s goal in being involved in agriculture beyond the farm from blogging, podcasting and vlogging is to build community and bring people together, create conversation, collaborate and identify solutions that help both the industry and consumers.

Lesley has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She’s been a part of the national Bell Let’s Talk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and support all producers in taking care of their mental well-being. She was recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction award for this work.

When Lesley isn’t in the field, you can find her running to the hockey rink with her boys, taking pictures, going for a run on country roads, learning how to cook for a harvest crew and travelling with her husband.

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Farming throws many curve balls at us where we have to weather many storms. We all strive toward a life full of meaning but when we face the inevitable obstacle, it’s how we bounce back that matters. This presentation will share traits that resilient people do during hard times and everyday, ordinary strategies that not only have helped my family and I’s mental health, but helped our farm bounce back, from being stuck to unstuck.

Life From the Perspective of a Saskatchewan Agricultural Technician

Presented by Ag Exchange Group

Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick

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Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick (Dickson Delorme) is part of a 4000 acre/350 head mixed farming operation near Tuffnell, SK.

Dickson grew up just North of Tuffnell, SK on a PFRA community pasture as the son of a working cowboy family where he learned to ride, rope and care for livestock.

Life after school took him out to the oil and gas industry where he worked in the commercial transportation side of well completions for 19 years.  This career took him all across AB, BC and the Territories.

Dickson came back home to Tuffnell in the fall of 2019 and accidentally created a social media persona named Quick Dick McDick.

Now when he is not busy on the farm, Dickson spends his time trying to inspire and inform people of the many things that happen here in Canada that keep us fed, watered and sheltered – all while trying to keep people laughing.

“I’m passionate about agriculture because it, like every other industry, depends on all of us doing our part and working together to keep not just Canada,  but the world fed.”

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If you grew up in a rural area – this is for you.  If you did NOT grow up in a rural area, this will help you understand how we came to be the awesome way we are.  So grab a beer, pull up a stump with Quick Dick, and let’s have a few laughs!

When & Why We Use Cover Crops

Avery Shepherd

Avery Shepherd

Imperial Seed | View Bio

Avery Shepherd

Imperial Seed

I run a Sunset Bison Ranch in northwest Saskatchewan with my wife and two girls, we have been growing cover crops for seven years which led to a job as a cover crop/ forage consultant. I was offered the job due to my experience with covers and took it to be around smarter people than me, to speed up my learning curve and connect with more great people.  Using covers and helping others has been a great learning experience and has made farming a lot of fun again, we have seen increased organic matter and water infiltration, improved animal health and reduced expenses since changing our management practices. The future is looking good.

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Cover crops in Western Canada can be a difficult concept to get started in, however the benefits are worth the effort, I will go over a few of the ways that cover crops can be used in a farming system.  Cover crops can help make a farm more drought resistant, increase profitability, decrease the need for fertilizer and many other benefits or they can become an unnecessary expense. I will try to help show you the thought process needed to help avoid making mistakes that lead to cover crop failures and keep you on the road to success.

Factors in Successful Transition Planning

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Denise Filipchuck

Denise Filipchuck

CEO

Filipchuck Management Inc. | View Bio

Denise Filipchuck

CEO

Filipchuck Management Inc.

Filipchuck Management Inc., CEO, Denise Filipchuck, developed a keen interest for agriculture on the family farm in the Swan River Valley of western Manitoba – growing into a passion for providing farmers and farm families with valuable and unbiased advice and information they need to confidently make decisions with peace of mind.

Denise has obtained Meeting Facilitation, Conflict Management and Mental Health First Aid training, has a certificate in Agriculture Studies with Distinction and brings a wealth of multi-faceted expertise in farm business planning, financial analysis, risk management, expansion planning, growth management, transition planning, and credit advising from her time as a Relationship Manager at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). She worked as a Personal Account Manager at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) offering financial, investment and credit advising. She was a hog producer, on the family mixed grain and hog farm, in charge of farm business management, swine herd management, and commodity marketing and was actively involved in the family grain and oilseed operation for many years.

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As a Farm Management Consultant and Coach, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Certified Workplace Mediator, a Certified Agriculture Farm Advisor (CAFA), and a Farm Debt Mediation Service Financial Expert, Denise provides financial planning and management consulting services, tools and coaching to farm families; helping them become more successful in their businesses, relationships and lives. Denise has a background and specializes in farming, family communication, financial planning, intensive debt management, strategic business and transition planning. Denise also provides peer group and workshop facilitation and does public speaking at ag industry events.

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Fireside chat about factors critical to the success of a family farm transition including some real life stories of successes and challenges for farm families.

Cultivating Resilience on the Farm: How to Get Unstuck

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Leslie Kelly

Lesley Kelly actively farms with her family at Watrous, Saskatchewan.

Lesley is the head and heart behind the popular High Heels & Canola Fields blog that has attracted thousands from around the world where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. Lesley’s goal in being involved in agriculture beyond the farm from blogging, podcasting and vlogging is to build community and bring people together, create conversation, collaborate and identify solutions that help both the industry and consumers.

Lesley has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She’s been a part of the national Bell Let’s Talk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and support all producers in taking care of their mental well-being. She was recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction award for this work.

When Lesley isn’t in the field, you can find her running to the hockey rink with her boys, taking pictures, going for a run on country roads, learning how to cook for a harvest crew and travelling with her husband.

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Farming throws many curve balls at us where we have to weather many storms. We all strive toward a life full of meaning but when we face the inevitable obstacle, it’s how we bounce back that matters. This presentation will share traits that resilient people do during hard times and everyday, ordinary strategies that not only have helped my family and I’s mental health, but helped our farm bounce back, from being stuck to unstuck.

Life From the Perspective of a Saskatchewan Agricultural Technician

Presented by Ag Exchange Group

Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick

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Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick (Dickson Delorme) is part of a 4000 acre/350 head mixed farming operation near Tuffnell, SK.

Dickson grew up just North of Tuffnell, SK on a PFRA community pasture as the son of a working cowboy family where he learned to ride, rope and care for livestock.

Life after school took him out to the oil and gas industry where he worked in the commercial transportation side of well completions for 19 years.  This career took him all across AB, BC and the Territories.

Dickson came back home to Tuffnell in the fall of 2019 and accidentally created a social media persona named Quick Dick McDick.

Now when he is not busy on the farm, Dickson spends his time trying to inspire and inform people of the many things that happen here in Canada that keep us fed, watered and sheltered – all while trying to keep people laughing.

“I’m passionate about agriculture because it, like every other industry, depends on all of us doing our part and working together to keep not just Canada,  but the world fed.”

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If you grew up in a rural area – this is for you.  If you did NOT grow up in a rural area, this will help you understand how we came to be the awesome way we are.  So grab a beer, pull up a stump with Quick Dick, and let’s have a few laughs!

The principals of soil health, and how to start implementing changes on your farm by taking a systems approach

Joseph Gardiner

Joseph Gardiner

Covers & Co. | View Bio

Joseph Gardiner

Covers & Co.

Mixed grain and cattle farmer from Clearwater Manitoba.  I have been experimenting/implementing plant diversity, rotations and animal integration on our land for the better part of a decade.  My passion is to have a better understanding of soil and ecosystems, and how I can implement a system on our farm that works with mother nature, lowers risk, and provides a high quality life.

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Emotion: Its Impact on Farm Transition

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Dustin Mansfield

Dustin Mansfield

BDO Canada | View Bio

Dustin Mansfield

BDO Canada

Dustin Mansfield was born and raised on an acreage outside of Brandon, Manitoba.  He attended Douglas Elementary School, Elton Collegiate and then Brandon University where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration.  From there, he joined BDO Canada LLP (then BDO Dunwoody) and went on to obtain his Chartered Professional Accountant designation followed by completion of the In-depth Tax Course.  Dustin is now the tax partner for the Brandon/Virden/Erickson/Boissevain/Redvers cluster of offices.  His practice is focused on specialty tax planning with a major segment involving agriculture.  He has co-authored and presented on the taxation of agriculture for the Canadian Tax Foundation.  Recently, Dustin spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in relation to Larry Maguire, MP’s bill C-208 aimed to make the transition of family business in Canada more tax equal and less restrictive.  He currently resides in Boissevain, Manitoba with his wife (Danielle) and two daughters (Hannah and Paige).   He fondly remembers the time spent on his grandfathers and uncles farm when growing up as a child and the pride that the family farm carries.  He enjoys being able to help clients like his uncle and his grandfather navigate the various tax laws on their transition journey.

BDO Canada has spent 100 years providing assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services to a broad range of clients across the country. And as a member firm of the international BDO network, we leverage access to resources and advisors in more than 160 countries around the world. Founded in 1921, we have grown from a single office in Winnipeg to more than 4,500 partners and professionals in over 125 offices across Canada. Yet our strengths remain firmly rooted in the communities we serve.

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Transition of the family farm is an inevitable occurrence and one that requires significant thought and planning.  What makes it even harder is the crossover between business and family which brings emotion to the table in most discussions.  Its controlling these emotions that is key to enabling the proper discussions and progress from all parties.  The session will speak to the way emotion can shape the outcome and either stall or advance the planning process.

Cultivating Resilience on the Farm: How to Get Unstuck

Presented by afsc logo

Leslie Kelly

Lesley Kelly actively farms with her family at Watrous, Saskatchewan.

Lesley is the head and heart behind the popular High Heels & Canola Fields blog that has attracted thousands from around the world where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. Lesley’s goal in being involved in agriculture beyond the farm from blogging, podcasting and vlogging is to build community and bring people together, create conversation, collaborate and identify solutions that help both the industry and consumers.

Lesley has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She’s been a part of the national Bell Let’s Talk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and support all producers in taking care of their mental well-being. She was recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction award for this work.

When Lesley isn’t in the field, you can find her running to the hockey rink with her boys, taking pictures, going for a run on country roads, learning how to cook for a harvest crew and travelling with her husband.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Farming throws many curve balls at us where we have to weather many storms. We all strive toward a life full of meaning but when we face the inevitable obstacle, it’s how we bounce back that matters. This presentation will share traits that resilient people do during hard times and everyday, ordinary strategies that not only have helped my family and I’s mental health, but helped our farm bounce back, from being stuck to unstuck.

Life From the Perspective of a Saskatchewan Agricultural Technician

Presented by Ag Exchange Group

Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick

View Bio

Quick Dick McDick

Quick Dick McDick (Dickson Delorme) is part of a 4000 acre/350 head mixed farming operation near Tuffnell, SK.

Dickson grew up just North of Tuffnell, SK on a PFRA community pasture as the son of a working cowboy family where he learned to ride, rope and care for livestock.

Life after school took him out to the oil and gas industry where he worked in the commercial transportation side of well completions for 19 years.  This career took him all across AB, BC and the Territories.

Dickson came back home to Tuffnell in the fall of 2019 and accidentally created a social media persona named Quick Dick McDick.

Now when he is not busy on the farm, Dickson spends his time trying to inspire and inform people of the many things that happen here in Canada that keep us fed, watered and sheltered – all while trying to keep people laughing.

“I’m passionate about agriculture because it, like every other industry, depends on all of us doing our part and working together to keep not just Canada,  but the world fed.”

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

If you grew up in a rural area – this is for you.  If you did NOT grow up in a rural area, this will help you understand how we came to be the awesome way we are.  So grab a beer, pull up a stump with Quick Dick, and let’s have a few laughs!