Farmers Edge and Farmtario and Country Guide partner to present an entirely new Knowledge Tent area. This educational and information feature will provide factual information about agronomy and farming practises, as well as advice for keeping fit and healthy, and touch on farm succession planning. Don’t miss Tuesday, September 11th at 2:00 p.m., when Elaine Froese hits the stage with her keynote presentation Finding Fairness in Farm Transition.
Director of Weather and Markets for Glacier FarmMedia
Bruce has been living and breathing Canadian agriculture for over 30 years. The combination of practical experience gained by growing up on a farm and years of monitoring global weather and markets for the Canadian Wheat Board gives Bruce a unique perspective on agricultural markets. His speciality is the analysis of weather conditions and their impact on global agricultural markets. Bruce will examine the current volatile trading environment and comment on the strategies for marketing the 2018 crop. Markets have become more volatile as the U.S. trade policy has become more aggressive with both Canada and the rest of the world. Bruce will outline winning marketing strategies for the wheat, corn and soybean markets in the 2018- 19 marketing year. The analysis will also look at the September 12th USDA report and how it will influence market direction going into harvest.
Digital Ag Lead for Farmers Edge
Heather grew up on a 2,800-acre grain farm outside of Radisson, Saskatchewan but her passion was the world of business. Or so she thought. After pursuing a B. Comm. with a major in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan, she realized she wasn’t ready to leave her agricultural upbringing behind, so she pursued a career in agribusiness. She gained an excellent reputation as an account manager with various large agribusinesses, but the opportunity to work with Farmers Edge and Ag Data Technology swept her away into the world of precision agriculture. Ag Data was only an emerging concept at the time, and it sparked an even greater passion for Heather — utilizing field-centric data for improved decision-making on the farm. F armers Edge and Farmtario and Country Guide partner to present an entirely new Knowledge Tent area. This educational and information feature will provide factual information about agronomy and farming practises, as well as advice for keeping fit and healthy, and touch on farm succession planning. Don’t miss Tuesday, September 11th at 2:00 p.m., when Elaine Froese hits the stage with her keynote presentation Finding Fairness in Farm Transition. She began in a sales position and thrived in the company’s evolvement from precision agriculture to decision agriculture. Heather recently started a role on the newly formed, and the first-of-its-kind in the agriculture industry, Digital Ag Team. As the Digital Ag Lead overseeing the Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan region, she is involved at the beginning of the chain, helping to develop new applications. This move allows her to focus on promoting a field-centric approach to farming, and working with growers to ensure viability and understanding of Farmers Edge digital agronomic tools.
Certified Athletic Therapist and Kinesiologist and “Fit to Farm” writer for Grainews Magazine
Kathlyn hails from Manitoba, where she owns and operates Integrative Movement, a multidisciplinary practice, as well as RideWell Performance— a therapy and training practice dedicated to equestrian athletes. She writes a regular column in Grainews called “Fit to Farm”, where she shares her expertise about how farmers can avoid injury while working. She is passionate about helping farmers recover from injury and repetitive strains and manage chronic pain that has arisen from the job. She utilizes her column to inform farmers on precautions they can be taking while working and exercises they can do to help chronic pain. She also answers email questions from farmers across the prairies. If farmers need direct help, she offers hands-on treatments, sets up training programs, or refers them to an athletic therapist in their area. Bringing a wealth of expertise to the stage, Kathlyn will explain that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier than you think, and that aches and pains do not need to be a normal part of the farm lifestyle. She will teach how to integrate daily movement and healthy habits into life on the farm to help prevent and manage pain, dysfunction, and injuries.
Digital Ag Lead with Farmers Edge
Kris Kinnaird’s roots in agriculture intersect with his passion for technology. Based on his upbringing on his family farm in southwestern Manitoba, where he still farms with his brother and father, combined with a degree in Agribusiness, Kris understands the value that data integration and utilization of digital agronomic tools can have on a farm’s profitability. Kris obtained his BA in Agribusiness from the University of Manitoba and held various positions in the agriculture industry before finding the perfect fit for both his passion and expertise at Farmers Edge. He took an interest in on-farm data management and precision agriculture in its early stages, which drew him to Farmers Edge. As the company continued to disrupt traditional agriculture with the use of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning, he moved up from Precision Technology Specialist to a training role, and later, a User Experience Tester. His proficiency with Farmers Edge precision digital solutions led him to his current position as a Digital Ag Lead, where he is a critical member of the Digital Agronomy Team. In this role, he gets to spend time with growers in their fields helping them understand, analyze, and utilize data-driven insights from daily satellite imagery, field-centric weather, predictive modeling, and scouting tools.
Farm Family Coach, Author, and Professional Speaker
Elaine Froese is a professional farm family coach, published author and professional speaker hailing from Boissevain, Manitoba. Elaine is a lifelong farmer and is currently a farm partner in Froese Family Farms. Elaine is a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, holds a certified speaking professional designation and is a professional business coach. She has recently been called “Canada’s Farm Whisperer.” Elaine enjoys helping farm family’s learn communication, conflict resolution and effective succession. More than 600 farm families have received Elaine’s coaching advice, and thousands have attended her keynote presentations around the world. She had been a columnist in Grainews for 20 years, and has authored four books. Planting the Seed of Hope, Do the Tough Things Right…, Farming’s In-Law Factor and Building Your Farm Legacy each offer concepts, advice and tools to embrace better relationships within the farm family.