Join Agriculture Leaders from across the Northwest at the 2019 Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit!
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit is a chance for you to join business & government leaders to examine the challenges faced by the agriculture industry as well as discuss new innovations, strategies, and technologies in Ag across 10 jurisdictions in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
When: July 21-25, 2019

Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Who: Join 500+ legislators, business leaders, academics, and local government representatives in Saskatoon to develop collaborative solutions to key regional issues.
Sessions and Discussions:

  • Special off-site session at Ag in Motion agricultural trade show
  • Cross-Border Livestock Health Conference
  • Tours of Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre and Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence
  • 25+ Sessions and Policy Tours

Agriculture-related session descriptions are included below
Who You'll meet at the Summit:
500+ Delegates including:
Agriculture Working Group Sessions
Agriculture Working Group Co-Chairs
Larry Doke, MLA, SK and PNWER President
Patrick Kole, Vice President, Idaho Potato Commission
*Additional speakers are still being confirmed for the sessions listed below.
Technology and Agriculture
Monday, July 22nd

Attendees will have a special opportunity for private access to Ag-in Motion- the largest agricultural trade show in Western Canada. This session will feature live demonstrations of field equipment, crop plots, and interactive agribusiness exhibits showcasing the newest technology in ag.
Welcome and Opening Remarks :

The Hon. David Marit , SK Minister of Agriculture

Technology and Agriculture :
How is new technology impacting agriculture across the region? What policy updates are needed to address the growing demand for new tech in ag?

Robert D. Saik , PAg, CAC, CEO, DOT Farm Solutions

Proposed Tour Demonstrations:
  • DOT Demo
  • Drone Demo
  • Pessl/Metos technology
  • University of Saskatchewan Seminar (Soil Fertility & Herbicide Technology)
What are Farmers Saying?
See what folks have said about Ag in Motion in the past.
Agriculture & Cross-Border Livestock Health Joint Session
Tuesday, July 23rd

Tariffs and the USMCA:
How is Agriculture impacted? What is the global perspective on current issues impacting North American agricultural trade and what is the path forward?

Carlo Dade, Canada West Foundation

Private Sector Roundtable :
How have tariffs and other trade barriers impacted Ag producers and processors? How will USMCA impact the Ag sector? How can regulatory cooperation play a positive role in Canada-U.S. trade, and what is needed to advance this initiative?

  • Gordon Stoner, Stoner Farms & Past President, National Association of Wheat Growers
  • Ryder Lee, CEO, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
  • Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods

Public Sector Roundtable :
What steps has your province/state taken to help facilitate trade and increase market access? What are the biggest threats to the Ag trade in the region and overseas? What innovative practices are you most proud of in your province/state?

Confirmed Speakers:
  • The Hon. David Marit, SK Minister of Agriculture
  • The Hon. Devin Dreeshen, AB Minister of Agriculture
Cross-Border Livestock Health Conference Sessions
Cross-Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-Chairs
Dr. Amber Itle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Washington
Janice Tranberg, President & CEO, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Dave Moss, General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen's Association
*Sign up for policy tours during registration
Wednesday, July 24 | 2:30pm - 5:00pm
The University of Saskatchewan has built an international reputation in many areas of innovative health, agriculture, environment, and advanced materials research. On this participants will get a first hand look at two of the world renown research facilities located on the campus.

The Canadian Light Source produced the brightest light in the country enabling research in mine tailing remediation, food security, cancer research, to drug development and cutting edge-materials, like semi conductors and future battery technology. 

VIDO-InterVac is dedicated to human and animal infectious disease research and vaccine development, and is home to some of the world's most advanced vaccine research infrastructure.
University of Saskatchewan:
Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility
Wednesday, July 24 | 2:30pm-5:30pm
The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) brings together all aspects of beef cattle research into one entity, providing researchers, faculty, students, industry and producers with a broad-based platform for research, teaching, and extension activities. Research will encompass all aspects of raising livestock on the Prairies from choosing the proper feed to understanding biology of full-grown cattle. 

The LFCE focuses are cow-calf production, beef cattle production and forage production, grazing and pasture management. It is designed to be the largest and most comprehensive centre for work on cattle and forage in Canada. 

Situated on 27 quarters of land in two locations, the LFCE has a 1500-head feedlot. To understand reproductive impacts, it also has 300 breeding cows. Facilities include a 24-stall metabolism barn, a cattle handling area equipped with a hydraulic chute system, 44 pens in the feedlot, and an environmental monitoring unit. 

Tour participants will get a personal look at the Clavet site, with hands-on experiences in the metabolism barn, a walking tour of the feedlot, and a presentation of the cow calf centre. 
Located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility accommodates approximately 100 lactating cows with robotic, parlor, and tie-stall milking capacities, animal handling and teaching areas, and research and staff space. A viewing gallery allows public access and education on modern dairy agriculture production systems. Research at the facility includes dairy nutrition and feed development, animal fertility and health, animal management, technology development, application of information technologies, and development of green technologies for improved sustainability.
Thursday, July 25 | 7:00am-1:30pm
As the world's largest provider of crop inputs, services, and solutions, Nutrien plays a critical role in growing our world from the ground up by helping growers to increase food production in a sustainable manner. The Allan potash mine is a conventional underground mining operation. You will travel 1000 metres below the surface and observe the continuous mining machines as they cut out the ore, and then hoist it to the surface through the production shaft. Next, you will tour the surface mill to see how the raw potash is processed and concentrated before being sold and shipped to markets in North America and around the world. 

Unfortunately, due to limited space this tour is limited to legislators only. Preference given to visiting legislators from U.S. and Canada outside of Saskatchewan.
PNWER Summit attendees can receive  flight savings of up to 10%  from both Air Canada and WestJet. Check out the  PNWER Travel & Accommodations page  for discount codes.

Don't miss your chance to be where the action is! Book your room at the Delta Bessborough and Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel and receive the  special PNWER negotiated rate  . Visit the   PNWER Travel & Accommodations page  for details on how to book today!
Thank you Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association for sponsoring the Agriculture Track!
Thank you to all of our Ag sponsors!
Thank you to all our Summit Sponsors
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a  statutory public/private non-profit  created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories. 

Mission Statement:
To increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining and enhancing our natural environment.

  • Coordinate provincial and state policies throughout the region
  • Identify and promote "models of success"
  • Serve as a conduit to exchange information.
  • Promote greater regional collaboration
  • Enhance the competitiveness of the region in both domestic and international markets
  • Leverage regional influence in Ottawa and Washington D.C.
  • Achieve continued economic growth while maintaining the region’s natural environment

To see current PNWER Officers and Governance Structure,  click here .
Learn more about  PNWER Leadership.
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