When & Why We Use Cover Crops

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Avery Shepherd

Avery Shepherd

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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.

Making the Subconscious Conscious: A New Understanding of Mental Health

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Chris Beaudry

Chris Beaudry

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Chris Beaudry

Chris Beaudry was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary and St Front Sk. He’s a father of 3 young girls, husband to his wife Richelle, and a 4th generation farmer. Chris was an assistant coach with the 2017/18 Humboldt Broncos, who were tragically involved in the bus crash that killed 16 players and staff.

Since then, Chris has been heavily involved in the field of mental health and healing. He has helped create the first online mental wellness course for students, Mental Wellness 30 at the Distance Learning Center in Kenaston. He has worked with the Canadian Mental Health association in a Peer Support Role and with Prairie Hospice as a volunteer hospice worker.

He currently contributes and facilitates a grief sharing group he created with his sister and a counsellor based around the teachings of Dr. Kubler Ross, he speaks publicly on mental health and trauma, and works one on one with clients in a mentorship role.

He has trained under Dr. Gabor Mate, Don Miguel Ruiz, Don Jose Ruiz, Gael Carter & Marilyn Keefer of The Institution of Shamanic Medicine, and many others in the areas of compassionate inquiry, shamanic medicines, and non-traditional trauma healing.

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An in depth look at the unconscious patterns that dictate most of our lives. Through the lens of lived experience and trauma informed teachings we will dive deeply into our subconscious patterns and learn ways to live outside of them.

Life From the Perspective of a Saskatchewan Agricultural Technician

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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

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Avery Shepherd

Avery Shepherd

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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

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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.

Description of Services & Areas of Expertise

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.

Making the Subconscious Conscious: A New Understanding of Mental Health

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Chris Beaudry

Chris Beaudry

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Chris Beaudry

Chris Beaudry was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary and St Front Sk. He’s a father of 3 young girls, husband to his wife Richelle, and a 4th generation farmer. Chris was an assistant coach with the 2017/18 Humboldt Broncos, who were tragically involved in the bus crash that killed 16 players and staff.

Since then, Chris has been heavily involved in the field of mental health and healing. He has helped create the first online mental wellness course for students, Mental Wellness 30 at the Distance Learning Center in Kenaston. He has worked with the Canadian Mental Health association in a Peer Support Role and with Prairie Hospice as a volunteer hospice worker.

He currently contributes and facilitates a grief sharing group he created with his sister and a counsellor based around the teachings of Dr. Kubler Ross, he speaks publicly on mental health and trauma, and works one on one with clients in a mentorship role.

He has trained under Dr. Gabor Mate, Don Miguel Ruiz, Don Jose Ruiz, Gael Carter & Marilyn Keefer of The Institution of Shamanic Medicine, and many others in the areas of compassionate inquiry, shamanic medicines, and non-traditional trauma healing.

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An in depth look at the unconscious patterns that dictate most of our lives. Through the lens of lived experience and trauma informed teachings we will dive deeply into our subconscious patterns and learn ways to live outside of them.

Life From the Perspective of a Saskatchewan Agricultural Technician

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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!

Transition Planning

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Joel Bokenfohr

Joel Bokenfohr

Agriculture Transition Specialist

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Joel Bokenfohr

Agriculture Transition Specialist

Farm Credit Canada

Agriculture Transition Specialist, Farm Credit Canada

Joel Bokenfohr is an Agriculture Transition Specialist at FCC where he helps people start the transition conversation, giving them the tools and resources to work towards goals that keep their operations viable and sustainable.

Background

Joel has worked in agriculture in many different capacities, advising farms, food processors and policy makers on issues affecting the industry. His true passion is helping primary producers and farm families with decisions on transition planning, farm management and business structures.

Joel holds a degree in commerce and management from MacEwan University, master’s in economics from the University of British Columbia and agri-business certificates from Texas A&M and the University of Sao Paulo. Joel continues to farm in Sturgeon County, Alberta, with his family.

About FCC

Farm Credit Canada is Canada’s leading agricultural lender. We provide financing, insurance, software, learning programs and business services to Canadian producers and agribusiness and agri-food operators.

We serve the industry through all cycles and believe in being socially and environmentally responsible. Our employees are committed to the success of our customers and are passionate about agriculture.

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Annessa Good

Annessa Good

Agriculture Transition Specialist

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Annessa Good

Agriculture Transition Specialist

Farm Credit Canada

Agriculture Transition Specialist, Farm Credit Canada

Annessa Good is an Agriculture Transition Specialist at FCC where she helps people start the transition conversation, giving them the tools and resources to work towards goals that keep their operations viable and sustainable.

Background

Annessa comes to FCC from GRS Consulting Ltd. (GRS), her family’s succession planning consulting company. She attended Mount Royal University, specializing in supply chain management, giving her unique insight into operational functionality on family farms.

Annessa recently moved back to the family farm and is currently going through her own succession rollercoaster. This experience has given her personal insight that she applies to her consulting work.

The motto she shares with clients: “Succession is the transfer of a business, while estate planning is the transfer of assets. Transition is a combination of both and is proactive rather than reactive.”

About FCC

Farm Credit Canada is Canada’s leading agricultural lender. We provide financing, insurance, software, learning programs and business services to Canadian producers and agribusiness and agri-food operators.

We serve the industry through all cycles and believe in being socially and environmentally responsible. Our employees are committed to the success of our customers and are passionate about agriculture.

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Mental Health

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Leslie Kelly

Lesley Kelly

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Lesley 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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Grain Marketing Session

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Tristan Periard

Tristan Periard

Regional Account Manager

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Tristan Periard

Regional Account Manager

CXN360

Tristan Periard is a Regional Account Manager with CXN360, since 2017. Tristan grew up in the Strathmore area on a mixed farm, There she grew her 2 passions for agriculture and hockey. Pursuing a career playing hockey, she received a scholarship to the University of Maine. There she gained a BA in Communications, and was the Captain of the Maine Black bears women’s team her senior year.  Feeling a pull back to her roots, Tristan brings a passion for agriculture, with a strong knowledge for the Ag in her area.

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Presentation: Grain Marketing Decisions:  How they are similar to hockey leadership choices.

Tristan will be discussing her journey through her hockey career, the choices she made then and how those choices affected her life later on. Tristan will share her experiences in decision making and how it can translate to the farm. All of the choices that we are faced with day to day, affect our relationships, and long term goals.

Farmer Round Table

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Greg Stamp

Greg Stamp

Seed Sales, Marketing, & Customer Support

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Greg Stamp

Seed Sales, Marketing, & Customer Support

Stamp Seeds

Why do I love farming?

I am passionate about agriculture because the challenge of growing food for people is always exciting. The constant ability to adapt and find better ways to farm keeps us motivated, as well as passing on our joy of farming to the next generation. The opportunities seem endless, making us excited for the future of agriculture.

Stamp Seeds is a 7000 ac irrigated and dryland seed farm & seed retail located at Enchant Alberta owned and managed by brothers Greg, Matthew & Nathan Stamp.

The crops grown include faba beans, peas, lentils, feed and malt barley, winter wheat, hybrid fall rye, hard red spring wheat, Canada prairie spring wheat, soft white wheat, hard white wheat, GP wheat, durum wheat, flax & hybrid seed canola.

Greg’s main roles on the farm include seed sales, marketing, & customer support.

Greg is a Director with Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, sits on the board of Pulse Canada and is a Delegate with the Alberta Barley Commission.

He has a diploma in Ag Technology from Lethbridge College and a B.Sc. from the University of Lethbridge and is also a Certified Crop Adviser

Greg lives at Vauxhall Alberta, with his wife Sarah and their 6 children.

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John Kowalchuk

John Kowalchuk

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John Kowalchuk

My name is John Kowalchuk and I’m a regular farmer from central Alberta. I’m better known as @kowalchukfarms on social media. I love sharing the stories and pictures of my experiences on the farm at Rumsey.  I’m passionate about agriculture because it is constantly evolving and it’s so fun to be a part of an industry that is always challenging itself to be better.

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Lynn Dargis

Lynn Dargis

Farmbucks | View Bio

Lynn Dargis

Farmbucks

Hi there! My name is Lynn Dargis. I am a farmer, mother, and entrepreneur. AKA The Boss. You can find me checking crops, operating combines, driving semis, filing paperwork or feeding kids. I do it all! Life is busy and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I was born and raised on my family’s mixed farm in north-eastern AB. I am the second eldest of five girls and as such I grew up doing what every farmer does: pick rocks, care for animals, run tractors, fix machinery, etc. My parents had no other choice but to train us all how to complete tasks that “boys” would otherwise normally carry out on the farm. My loving parents were huge ag advocates and taught us the importance of hard work and family.

I went on to graduate with a diploma in Agriculture Production and Management from Olds College in 2006 and afterwards moved back home to work alongside my parents. Tragically they passed away in the fall of 2007, when I was only 20 years old. No one saw this coming. In the emotional weeks that followed, I decided that I would continue their legacy and acquire the farming operation. From downsizing to upsizing, custom feeding to owning (cattle), leasing to buying, I have gained loads of knowledge and experience over the years. Today, I currently own and operate a 4400 acre grain farm with my husband and 3 beautiful, young, rambunctious children.

I have a passion for creating and developing new ideas that will improve efficiencies and knowledge in the ag industry. My goal is to provide easily accessible grain pricing information, facilitate relationships between buyers and sellers and provide useful information. I am thrilled to introduce to you, my new baby, Farmbucks!

Wade McAllister

Wade McAllister

Antler Valley Farm | View Bio

Wade McAllister

Antler Valley Farm

Wade McAllister is a fifth generation grain farmer who, with his brother Scott, runs and operates the family’s 130 year old grain farm just outside of Innisfail, Alberta. Wade and his wife Sabrina live on the farm and have two daughters, Mia and Macy, who are Antler Valley Farm’s 6th generation. Wade and Scott are passionate about agriculture and pride themselves on being some of the best malt growers in Alberta. They currently grow Barley, Oats, Soft white wheat and Rye for malt along with Canola and CPS wheat in their rotation.

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Jessica Dugdale

Jessica Dugdale

Field & Canvas | View Bio

Jessica Dugdale

Field & Canvas

After University, Jessica returned to her family’s grain farm, DLC Ventures, outside the city of Calgary. Working closely with her Dad, she learned the business of farming, primarily growing high quality grains, pulses & oilseeds. As the farm continued to expand, so did it’s complexity and structure, taking the business in new directions. While she felt passionate about the operation, still being quite young, she never felt like she had too much of a voice. As chance would have it, two of the worst-weather harvests on the farm were also accompanied with changes in the management team. Amidst these challenges, Jessica found herself in a new opportunity to expand her leadership, and step into a management role, leaning on the lessons her farm team and family had taught her, while letting her passion for the farm guide her. Now, it’s with a quiet optimism, a stronger team than ever, grounded in knowledge and experiences, she is thrilled to have a strong voice in shaping the farm’s future.

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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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