View the recently updated Preliminary Program with details of all speakers and everything else you need to know. 
Register now to join us in Winnipeg for Grass and Green in 2016. 

2016 CFGA Leadership Award Nominations: Oct. 28, 2016. 
Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities: Oct 28, 2016
Pre Conference Tour Sign up: Nov 7, 2016

With just two months to go before the 7th Annual Canadian Forage and Grassland Association Conference we are pleased to feature some of the excellent speakers we have invited to speak at the conference. Other speakers will be featured in our future e-newsletters.

Welcome from Manitoba's Minister of Agriculture
The Hon. Ralph Eichler was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Manitoba on May 3, 2016. He was first elected as the MLA for Lakeside in 2003, then was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2016. He has previously served as the PC Opposition Critic for Agriculture, Municipal Government and Manitoba Hydro. In addition to his duties in the Manitoba Legislature, Ralph was elected by his peers as a Director to the State Agriculture Rural Leaders Board, a cross-border group with members from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The group brings together stakeholders from provincial, state, and federal governments to discuss and develop agriculture policy and to exchange best practices which played a large role in repealing the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). 

Ralph is a former purebred cattle producer, the former owner/operator of Prairie Farm and Ranch Supply, and currently owns Ray's Auction Service. As an agri-business owner, he understands the importance of a healthy and sustainable rural economy.

Grassland Matters: Some Thoughts on Grassland, Native and Tame, and Why We Need More of It
Trevor Herriot is a Regina naturalist, artist, writer, and grassland advocate. He has written four books on culture and nature on the northern Great Plains and his fifth book, set on Manitoba's Spy Hill--Ellice Community Pasture, comes out in the fall of 2016. He is a frequent guest on CBC Radio Saskatchewan, writes a column on environmental issues for Farming for Tomorrow, and posts regularly on a site he calls Grass Notes at:

Simulating the Impact of Land Use Change on Watershed Hydrologic Characteristics
Dr. Steven Frey is a Senior Scientist at Aquanty Inc. He received his BSc in Geology at the University of Western Ontario, and his PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Following his PhD, Steve was a Visiting Fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he conducted research on the impact of agriculture on surface water and groundwater resources. He has expertise across a broad spectrum of topics in hydrology, including preferential flow and transport processes, and the impacts subsurface drainage has on water and contaminant movement in agricultural ecosystems. Steve is currently the scientific lead on the MFGA Aquanty modeling project investigating the hydrologic impacts of land use change in the Assiniboine River Basin.

Building Public Trust in Food and Farming
Kim McConnell is founder and former CEO of AdFarm, one of the largest agricultural marketing communications firms in North America. Over the years, Kim has led national and international brand and marketing assignments for many respected companies including Farm Credit Canada, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience, Agrium, RBC Royal Bank and McDonald's Restaurants. He has been the catalyst behind many industry initiatives including advancing the Canadian beef industry, the Canadian seed industry and recently has spearheaded a social license initiative to build greater public trust in food and farming. Kim is also the recipient of many national business awards and in 2012 received one of the industry's highest awards when he was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. Kim remains involved with AdFarm and is also director on a number of corporate and volunteer board. Kim and his family live on the edge of Calgary. He is passionate about agriculture, food, youth and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Building a Knowledge Base in Support of EG&S: An Overview of Ongoing Research in Alberta
Dr. Edward Bork is currently the Mattheis Chair in Rangeland Ecology and Management, and also serves as the Director of the Rangeland Research Institute at the University of Alberta. He has been teaching and conducting rangeland research since 1991 on a wide range of basic and applied topics such as integrated weed control in pasture, grazing systems, fire ecology, forage and legume production dynamics, landscape and disturbance ecology, and more recently, on the importance of grasslands in providing environmental goods and services such as carbon storage. Dr. Bork's work has had a strong focus on addressing practical problems of high relevance to practitioners managing either private or public rangelands, and has been involved with extensive collaboration with other researchers and agencies. Both he and his graduate students have given numerous research and extension talks on these topics. Dr. Bork and his family continue to reside on and operate a mixed farm in the Aspen Parkland region of central Alberta, Canada.
The CFGA's always popular pre-conference tour will be held once again, and this year there are two stops: SG&R Farms and the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives research farm. The tour takes place on Tuesday, November 15 departing from the Fairmont Winnipeg hotel at 8:00 am and returning to the hotel by approximately 5:00 pm. The cost for the tour is $100 plus GST and includes round-trip motor coach transportation and lunch. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early by registering online. The deadline to sign up for the tour is Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

SG&R Farms
SG&R Farms is a 2,000-acre grain and 300-head cow-calf operation where Ryan Boyd has been rotational grazing for more than 10 years. He is now in his fourth year of diverse annual forage mixtures to see what fits best into his grazing system. The Manitoba Beef Producers recently awarded Ryan and his family with the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for Manitoba.

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Research Farm
The MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation, engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability, and build social awareness around the beef and forage industries. It is a collaboration between Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, with direction from stakeholders in the advancement of the Manitoba beef and forage industry. During the tour, MBFI representatives will be on hand to showcase the facility and some of the research efforts underway.

After the tour returns to the hotel, be sure plan to participate in the CFGA Annual Conference Welcome Reception from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the West Ballroom.
The CFGA is very pleased to announce that New Holland is once again the corporate sponsor of the prestigious CFGA Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that exemplify or enhance the goals of the CFGA and whose leadership in the forage and grassland sector has impact of national and/or international significance. 

Nominations of candidates for the 2016 CFGA Leadership Award are now being accepted and the cut-off date for submissions is Oct. 28, 2016. The selected recipient will be notified by Nov. 1, 2016. Nomination forms are found here

The recipient will be invited to make a make a keynote presentation at the CFGA's 2017 Annual Conference. The presentation may include an overview of their past achievements, current endeavors and their perspective on future challenges related to forage and grasslands. Alternately, the award recipient can propose to undertake an original project that features and promotes forage and grassland (e.g., a video, an extension activity or some other communication approach). The recipient will be presented with a memento and citation recognizing their achievements, and a cash award to a maximum of $6,000 to cover allowable expenses, including travel to make presentations at the 2017 CFGA Annual Conference and other meetings relevant to forage and grasslands. Access all details about the CFGA Leadership Award here.
Exhibit Opportunities
If you are in business to provide products or services to forage producers and grassland managers, or if you represent a conservation or land stewardship-based organization concerned with the continued loss of our nation's grasslands, you should consider having an exhibit space at this year's conference. Exhibit spaces are limited in number and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to reserve your space early. 

Each exhibit space includes: 
  • One six-foot draped table and two chairs 
  • Your company's name and logo included in the Conference Program 
Exhibitor option 1: $750 plus GST 
This option is for exhibit space only, and does not include participation by exhibit attendants in conference sessions, breaks, lunches or the CFGA Leadership Awards Banquet. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased separately. 
Exhibitor Option 2: $1,150 plus GST 
This option includes exhibit space and full conference registration for one exhibit attendant, which includes participation in all sessions, breaks, lunches and the CFGA Leadership Awards Banquet.  Additional banquet tickets can be purchased separately Additional Exhibit Attendants 
Additional exhibit attendants who wish to participate in the full conference must register at the regular conference rates. Details are on the conference website

To reserve your exhibit space contact the Conference Coordinator by email or call 1-800-868-8776. 
The deadline is Oct 28, 2016.

Sponsorship Opportunities
The CFGA invites you to consider becoming a partner in this year's conference by providing some level of sponsorship. There are various levels of support ranging from $750 to $7,500 and we would be pleased to work with you to find what level aligns best with your organization's business objectives and budget. There are benefits associated with each level of support, but in all cases our partners will be recognized in conference communication and promotional materials, and through numerous social media outlets. This is an opportunity for your organization to be seen as one of the leaders of our industry. 
The deadline is Oct 28, 2016.

Call for Student Poster Abstracts
The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts of Student Poster Presentations pertaining to topic areas being addressed during the conference. Please submit 300-word abstracts by email to the Conference Coordinator. Posters will be judged and prizes awarded. 


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