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F R I D A Y , J A N U A R Y

ORGANIC ALBERTA CONFERENCE


Arena Hirsch Hall Kinsmen Hall

7:30 - 8:15 am Registration

8:30 - 8:40 am Opening Remarks with Marilynn Boehm and Charles Newell

From Confusion to Convergence; Finding Common Ground


8:40 - 9:20 am Between Farmers and Consumers with Laura Rance

9:20 - 9:50 am Break & Trade Show

The Value of Legumes and Forages in Building Soil Productivity


10:00 - 10:50 am
with Dr. Jeff Schoneau
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

Soil Testing on Organic and Ecological Farms


11:00 - 11:50 am with Robb Dunn. CEU Credits: Soil and Water Management.
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

12:00 - 12:50 pm Lunch

Made in Alberta:
Organic Agronomy
Optimizing Compost Use Livestock Marketing
1:00 - 1:50 pm Research
with Bernice Kadatz with Bryce Lebrau
with Agriculture and *CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE *CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

Agri-Food Canada
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

2:00 - 2:30 pm Break & Trade Show

Footprints in the Sand:


An Exploration of Carbon
Organic Grain Marketing Footprints and Food
2:30 - 3:20 pm
with Brenda Tjaden Packaging for
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE
Direct-to-Market Farms
with Tracey Smith Herd Management
Dialogue with Various
Livestock Industry
Working with Your County: Rural Routes to Climate Participants
The Ag Fieldman's Work Solutions Presents: *CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

and Roles An Example of Chinese


3:30 - 4:20 pm Style Passive Solar
with Sebastien Dutrisac
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE Greenhouses in Alberta
with Jianyi Dong
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

4:30 - 5:30 pm Grain Buyer Speed Dating

6:00 - 8:30 pm Farm Transition and Succession Cafe with Young Agrarians
S A T U R D A Y , F E B R U A R Y

HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT &


ORGANIC ALBERTA CONFERENCE
Arena Hirsch Hall Kinsmen Hall

7:30 - 8:15 am Registration

8:30 - 8:40 am Opening Remarks with Marilynn Boehm and Dana Penrice

8:50 - 9:30 am
Rural Routes to Climate Solutions Presents: The Frontier of Environmental
Stewardship and Climate Change Mitigation with Dr. Sheldon Atwood

9:30 - 10:20 am
Permaculture from an Indigenous Perspective
with Derek Bruno and Elder Leo Bruno

10:20 - 10:50 am Break & Trade Show

10:50 - 11:50 am
Tough Enough to Talk About it: Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture
with Neil Harris

11:50 - 12:20 pm Lunch

12:20 - 1:50 pm Film Screening: Guardians


Organic Alberta Annual General Meeting
of the Grassland

2:00 - 2:50 pm Nurturing Intergenerational Relationships on the Farm with Annessa Good

Intro to Holistic
Regenerative Tools to Management: Starting the
Prairie Farm Dreamers:
3:00 - 3:50 pm Help Your Farm: Producer Journey of Regenerative
Exploring
Panel - Grain Focus Farming with Dana
with Rajan Rathnavalu
Penrice

3:50 - 4:20 pm Break & Trade Show

Rural Routes to Climate


Solutions Presents -
Introduction to Organic Sharing Your Ag Story
Perennial Cereals: Plant
Production and Transition: Through Podcasting
4:30 - 5:20 pm Productivity and
What You Need to Know with Katelyn Duban and
Environmental
with Ryan Cameron and Kelly Sidoryk
Performance
Trevor Rhiel
with Erin Daly
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE

Farm Clubs: Building a


Community of Practice
Optimizing Soil Biology Regenerative Tools to
around Regenerative and
to Regenerate Soils Help Your Farm: Producer
5:30 - 6:20 pm Organic Farming
with Kris Nichols Panel - Livestock Focus
*CEU CREDITS AVAILABLE
with Organic Alberta
and Holistic
Management Canada

6:30 - 7:30 pm Banquet Dinner


S U N D A Y , F E B R U A R Y

HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
Arena

7:30 - 8:15 am Registration

8:30 - 8:40 am Opening Remarks

Lessons for the Future of Farming and Ranching After 100 Podcast Interviews
8:40 - 9:30 am
with Clay Conry

Understanding Wealth Generation on the Farm: Growing Financial Capital


9:30- 10:20 am
Through Ecological Capital with Bluesette Campbell

10:20 - 10:50 am Break & Trade Show

Working with Neighbours to Engage Consumers in Building Rural Communities


10:50 - 11:50 am
and in Supporting Local Food with the Prairie Farm Project

11:50 - 12:20 pm Lunch

12:20 - 1:40 pm The Benefits of Grazing Technology and it’s use in Holistic Management

1:40 - 2:10 pm Break & Trade Show

Benchmarking: Setting up Ecological Monitoring on Your Farm to Support


2:10 - 3:00 pm
Environmental Stewardship with Dana Penrice

Reaching Your Ecological Goals Through Sound Financial Planning


3:05 - 3:55 pm
with Don Campbell

4:00 - 4:50 pm Building the Regenerative Community in Alberta with Holistic Management Canada

5:00 - 6:00 pm Closing Remarks

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8:40 am From Confusion to Convergence: Finding Common Ground Between


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Farmers and Consumers
9:20 am
Laura Rance, Vice-President, Content, Glacier Farm Media

Learn about how focusing on regenerative agriculture and soil health can create a
common framework for constructive dialogue within the farming community and with
non-farmers. Laura Rance also adds a global perspective to the issues around soil
health, food security, and sustainable farming.

10:00 am The Value of Legumes and Forages in Building Soil Productivity


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10:50 am Dr. Jeff Schoenau, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan

The value of legumes in adding nitrogen through biological fixation and promoting
recycling of phosphorus in the soil is covered using recent research examples. The
benefits of having a forage in rotation to build soil organic matter and reclaim
problem soils such as salt-affected regions of a field are also examined in this
presentation.

11:00 am Soil Testing on Organic and Ecological Farms


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11:50 am Rob Dunn, Agrologist, Southern Alberta

Join us as agronomist Rob Dunn provides valuable information on how to effectively


use soil testing on organic and ecological farms. He will share his insights as to what
important rests should be used, when they should be done, what kind of information
they will provide and perhaps some limitations of these tests.

1:00 pm Made in Alberta: Organic Agronomy Research


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1:50 pm Dr. Monika Gorzelak, Dr. Frank Larney, and Dr, Hiroshi Kubota, Research Scientists at
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Join three research scientists from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada as they provide a
summary of the latest research in Alberta in organics and related to organics.

1:00 pm Optimizing Compost Use


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1:50 pm Bernice Kadatz, Organic Soil Specialist

Compost expert Bernice Kadatz will outline the four different types of compost, the
process of creating each of them and will identify the application for using these types
of compost in your operations.

1:00 pm Livestock Marketing


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1:50 pm Bryce Lebrau, Prairie Pristine Organics

Livestock producers unite! Bryce Lebrau will be addressing the raising, buying, selling
and marketing of organic beef.
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2:30 pm Organic Grain Marketing


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3:20 pm Brenda Tjaden, CEO, Sustainable Grain

Join Brenda Tjaden, the CEO of Sustainable Grain as she breaks down the main issues
for farmers in marketing organic systems.

2:30 pm Footprints in the Sand: An Exploration of Carbon Footprints and


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Packaging Options for Direct-to-Market Farms
3:20 pm
Tracey Smith, Beekeeper and Honey Marketer, Owner, Beanstalk Honey

Tracey Smith will discuss tips and procedures on how producers can calculate the
carbon footprint of their operations and why carbon footprint considerations are
important for organic producers to keep in mind.

3:30 pm Herd Management Dialogue


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4:20 pm Various Livestock Industry Participants

Join us and your fellow livestock producers and industry members as we have a
roundtable discussion on herd health and management.

3:30 pm Rural Routes to Climate Solutions Presents: An Example of Chinese


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Style Passive Solar Greenhouse in Alberta
4:20 pm
Jianyi Dong, FreshPal Farm

In this session, Jianyi will cover the specific design of the Chinese style passive solar
greenhouse to adapt to Alberta's weather and extend the growing season. The
performance of the first year operation of the Chinese style passive solar greenhouse at
Olds will also be discussed.

4:30 pm Grain Buyer Speed Dating


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5:30 pm Various Grain Buyers

Meet with representatives from various grain buyers

6:00 pm Farm Transition and Succession Cafe


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8:30 pm With Young Agrarians

How we steward the transition of farm land and businesses from one generation to the
next is going to have a major impact on the future of agriculture and the food system. 
Join us for a participatory conversation and hear about the opportunities and
challenges of farm transition. Raise questions and expand your thinking through
discussions with fellow farmers.
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8:50 am The Frontier of Environmental Stewardship and


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Climate Change Mitigation
9:30 am
Dr. Sheldon Atwood, President & CEO Western Ranchlands Corporation

Join us as Dr. Sheldon Atwood shares his knowledge about holistic implications for
cattle producers and large scale land stewards - as well as representing the potential
to make substantial contributions to genuine climate solutions.

9:30 am Permaculture from an Indigenous Perspective


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10:20 am Derek Bruno and Elder Leo Bruno, Ermineskin Permaculture Project

Explore how permaculture serves as a bridge that reconnects people to their land by
sharing lessons and best practices from the Ermineskin Permaculture Project, an edible
food forest planted two summers ago. Speakers will discuss ideas that individuals and
communities can use to foster their own journey through reconciliation.

10:50 am Tough Enough to Talk About it: Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture
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11:50 am Neil Harris, Alberta Health Services

This presentation looks at ways to recognize the signs of stress, burnout and
depression. People will also learn to recognize the signs for suicide and what to say
and do with a person at risk. Explore how stress and mental health problems can
impact safety on the farm, learn healthy ways of coping with problems and provides
resources for getting help when needed.

2:00 pm Nurturing Intergenerational Relationships on the Farm


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2:50 pm Annessa Good, Farm Credit Canada

Building healthy relationships is key to navigating farm transition. Learn about ways to
be proactive and build a foundation to support conversations on farm transition and
begin working towards goals that will keep the farm viable and sustainable.

3:00 pm Regenerative Tools to Help Your Grain Farm: Producer Panel and Discussion
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3:50 pm
You’ve heard a lot about regenerative agriculture, you’ve attended a few meetings or
conferences, and now you’re ready to try it out on the farm. Or maybe you’ve already
been practicing regenerative agriculture, but would like to take it to the next level.
Come to this session to discuss the nitty gritty of of regenerative practices with fellow
farmers, and share your experiences, challenges, and questions.

3:00 pm Prairie Farm Dreamers: Exploring


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3:50 pm Rajan Rathnavalu, Newo

Learn how community members have come together to explore alternative land
ownership through a community cooperative. Hear how they are working to preserve
Sunrise Organic Farm as a regenerative farm for future generations.
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3:00 pm Intro to Holistic Management: Starting the Journey of Regenerative


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Farming
3:50 pm
Dana Penrice, Holistic Management Canada

Learn how the Holistic Management framework can help you on the path to becoming a
regenerative farm. Learn about making decisions that improve your land and the lives
of the people, animals and plants living on it.

4:30 pm Rural Routes to Climate Solutions Presents: Perennial Cereals: Plant


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Productivity and Environmental Performance
5:20 pm
Erin Daly, University of Alberta

This session will address some of the issues facing modern agricultural production and
introduce perennial cereal crops as an emerging solution to soil degradation and loss
of ecosystem services. The presentation will also provide details about ongoing field
trials conducted by the University of Alberta on perennial cereal Rye.

4:30 pm Introduction to Organic Production and Transition: What You Need to


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Know
5:20 pm
Ryan Cameron and Trevor Rhiel, Organic Producers

Have you considered transitioning to organic production but didn’t know where to
start? Ever wondered what makes an organic farmer tick? Come join two organic
farmers from Alberta as they share their stories of organic production including
surprises, joys and what they wish they knew along the way.

4:30 pm Sharing Your Ag Story Through Podcasting


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5:20 pm Katelyn Duban and Kelly Sidoryk, Organic Producers

Wanting to share the behind the scenes stories of women in agriculture, Katelyn
created and launched The Rural Woman Podcast in March 2019. With tens of thousands
of downloads, Katelyn has been able to help bridge the gap and bring people in
agriculture closer together. Hear about how The Rural Woman Podcast got its start,
how you can share your Ag story online through podcasting, and watch as Katelyn
interviews a fellow farmer live on stage for an upcoming episode of The Rural Woman
Podcast.

4:30 pm Optimizing Soil Biology to Regenerate Soils


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5:30 pm Dr, Kris Nichols, Soil Microbiologist

The soil is the foundation for any system to work while the management practices are
the tools.  A regenerative systems approach focused on soil biology will utilize
integrated, dynamic principles to synergize biologically-based practices to address
fertility, pest and disease issues.  These regenerative systems have the potential to
leverage increasing soil organic matter to feed soil biology. This presentation will
discuss crop diversity including perennials and annuals as well as cover and companion
crops, reduced soil disturbance, and managed grazing to increase profitability by
maximizing nutrient and water use efficiencies.
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5:30 pm Regenerative Tools to Help Your Farm: Producer Panel - Livestock Focus
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6:20 pm
Hear it straight from the farmer’s mouth as they share the ups and downs of farming
regeneratively with animals. Get ideas to take back to your farm on livestock
integration, improving grazing practices and using animals as a tool to improve
ecosystem function.

5:30 pm Farm Clubs: Building a Community of Practice Around Regenerative and


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Organic Farming
6:20 pm

Organic Alberta and Holistic Management Canada

Farm Clubs, in various forms, have been part of the farming community for hundreds of
years and have played an important role in the improvement of the farm and the
farmer.Learn more about farm clubs, how to set up first meetings, invite potential
members, and create principles and agendas.

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8:40 am Lessons for the Future of Farming and Ranching After 100
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Podcast Episodes
9:30 am
Clay Conry, Working Cows Podcast

Human interventions tend to be the story of the unintended consequence. How are we
unintentionally influencing our key resources? How can we make sure that our
interventions net us positive results? Clay will share some of the lessons he has learned
about we can do just that from 100 plus interviews of the leading minds in our
industry.

9:30 am Understanding Wealth Generation on the Farm: Growing Financial


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Capital Through Ecological Capital
10:20 am
Bluesette Campbell, Holistic Management Practitioner

When you think about the word wealth, what comes to mind? Learn about wealth
generation in all of its forms, from land to people to money. Gain a new perspective on
creating value and wealth.

10:50 am Working with Neighbours to Engage Consumers in Building Rural


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Communities and in Supporting Local Food
10:50 am
Ian Griebel, Dana Blume, Nikki Wiart, Jenna Hauck, Brett Hauck, Prairie Farm Project

Hear how Redtail Farms, Lazy T Farm and Lady’s Hat Farm have come together to
support and grow each other’s business and grow a market for their local products.
Learn about on-farm events they host for community and customers and how their
partnership has spun off new opportunities for each farm.

12:20 pm The Benefits of Grazing Technology and it's use in Holistic Management
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1:40 pm
There’s an app for that. Learn how mobile, cloud-based software for grazing planning,
livestock flow and land planning can help you manage your farm.

2:10 pm Benchmarking: Setting up Ecological Monitoring on Your Farm to


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Support Environmental Stewardship
3:00 pm
Dana Penrice, Holistic Management Canada

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Learn about advances in ecological
monitoring through Ecological Outcome Verification and about opportunities to track
regeneration on your farm.
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3:00 pm Reaching Your Ecological Goals Through Sound Financial Planning


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3:50 pm Don Campbell, Holistic Management Practitioner

Learn about the Holistic Financial Planning process. Discover how this tool can help
you plan for a profit, prioritize expenses and make sound financial decisions.

4:00 pm Building the Regenerative Community in Alberta


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4:50 pm Holistic Management Canada Educators

Join us for a participatory discussion on how Holistic Management Canada can support
and grow the regenerative farming community. 
C O N F E R E N C E S P E A K E R S

Dr. Sheldon Atwood


Derek Bruno
Western Ranchlands Corporation
Ermineskin Permaculture Project
Sheldon holds a BSc in Animal
Derek Bruno is an innovator and
Science, a Masters in Rangeland
social entrepreneur. Currently,
Resources, and a PhD in Range
Derek’s passion is in the area of
Science. Sheldon’s experience
Renewable Energy and
includes being the owner/co-owner
Permaculture Design; having
of 25,000 acres of western
recently established two innovative
ranchlands in North Dakota,
companies, SevGen Renewables
Nebraska, Utah, and Alberta,
Ltd and WIN EcoSciences Inc.
Canada.

Elder Leo Bruno


Elder, Samson Cree Nation Ryan Cameron

Leo Bruno (Kisikawasis) is an Elder Organic Producer


from the Samson Cree Nation. Leo Ryan Cameron farms with his wife
is educated in both the western Bailey and daughter Macy on their 
sciences as well as traditional cattle and organic grain farm west
teachings. His work has enabled of Millet. Ryan enjoys the challenge
him to travel throughout Canada of balancing nutrition, weed
assisting both Government and pressure and good organic crops
Indigenous Communities in and is always looking for ways to
working towards creating a strong, improve the practices and
sustainable environment for future efficiencies on his farm.
generations.

Bluesette Campbell
Don Campbell
Holistic Management
Practitioner Organic Producer
Bluesette lives on the B-C Ranch, a Don is a second-generation
third-generation cattle ranch near rancher raised at Meadow Lake,
Meadow Lake, SK with her husband Sask. He jointly owns and operates
Mark, and their two boys, Andrew B-C Ranch Inc. Don has 30 years of
and Birch. They have successfully experience teaching Holistic
completed an intergenerational Management across Western
transfer from her parents, Don and Canada & implementing the
Bev Campbell, from where her practices on his ranch.
inspiration to become a Certified
Educator stems.

Erin Daly
Clay Conry University of Alberta
Working Cows Podcast Erin is a PhD candidate at the
Growing up on a traditionally University of Alberta in the
managed ranch in Western South Sustainable Land Ecosystems
Dakota Clay was introduced Lab under Dr. Guillermo Hernandez
to a new way of managing land, Ramirez. Her research focus is on
animals, and people in the fall of perennial grain prospects, soil
2017. Since then he has been physical quality improvements and
seeking to interview the best greenhouse gas mitigation through
minds in the industry. improved agricultural land
management.
C O N F E R E N C E S P E A K E R S

Jianyi Dong Katelyn Duban


FreshPal Farm Organic Producer
Jianyi Dong is a vegetable grower Katelyn Duban is a first-generation
near Olds. He built his own Chinese farmer, blogger, and podcaster.
style passive solar greenhouse She farms alongside her husband
which is the first one in Alberta. Justin on their families certified
Jianyi is experienced in organic grain and oilseed
Chinese style passive solar operation. Katelyn builds
greenhouse designing and community and shares the stories
building. He is now growing of Women in Agriculture through
veggies year-round without her podcast, The Rural Woman
heating. Podcast, and blog,
WildRoseFarmer.com.

Rob Dunn
FarmWise Inc. Annessa Good

Rob is owner of FarmWise Inc., FCC


based in Lethbridge, where he Annessa Good is an Agriculture
provides research and cropping Transition Specialist at Farm Credit
system expertise to farmer Canada, where she helps people
clients and producer groups. Prior start the transition conversation,
to 2015 he served 29 years with giving them the tools and
Alberta Agriculture in various resources to work towards goals
specialist roles related to that keep their operations viable
extension, cropping systems, and sustainable.
soil management and land use.

Dr. Monika Gorzelak Neil Harris

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Alberta Health Services

Monika Gorzelak is a new research Neil is the coordinator of the


scientist at the Lethbridge “Tough Enough To Talk About It”
Research and Development Program for industry, trades and
Centre. Her work focuses on agriculture in East Central Alberta.
understanding soil ecology with a He is also an active member of the
view to improve soil health. Her Lakeland Regional Safety
PhD focussed on tree Committee. Neil is passionate
communication through about promoting mental health on
mycorrhizal networks in forest the farm and supporting workplace
soils. wellness.

Hiroschi Kubota
Bernice Kadatz
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Organic Soil Specialist
Hiroshi Kubota is a new research
Bernice Kadatz, a lifetime student
scientist in sustainable crop
turned educator has a passion for
management at AAFC. He
understanding the intricate details
received his PhD in Plant Science
of soil health. Bernice combines
from the University of Alberta in
her farming background with 30+
2018. His research program focuses
years working in applied research
on developing agronomy practices
to explore various composting
that reduce the reliance on
methods to create powerful soil
agrochemicals while maintaining
enhancers.
crop yield.
C O N F E R E N C E S P E A K E R S

Dr. Francis Larney Dr. Kris Nichols


Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Soil Microbiologist
Dr. Francis. J. Larney is a Research Dr. Kris Nichols is a leader in the
Scientist in Soil Conservation with movement to regenerate soils for
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. His healthy crops, food, people and a
research expertise includes soil health, planet. She is the founder and
soil erosion and productivity, soil principal scientist of KRIS (Knowledge
reclamation, beef feedlot manure for Regeneration and Innovation in
management, organic amendments, Soils) Systems Education &
and dryland and irrigated cropping Consultation and a sub-contractor with
systems. various organizations.

Dana Penrice
Holistic Management Canada Prairie Farm Project
Dana is the Holistic Management The Prairie Farm Project is a
Coordinator and HM Certified Educator partnership of Central Alberta
in training. Dana strives to support producers dedicated to providing
inspired thinking and action in nutritionally dense and ethically raised
agriculture and rural communities. food and other farm products to
Dana is also the Young Agrarians families. The group includes Ian
Prairie Program Manager and is Griebel, Dana Blume, Nikki Wiart,
working to grow the next generation of Jenna Hauck and Brett Hauck.
regenerative farmers.

Laura Rance
Rajan Rathnavalu
Glacier Farm Media
Founder and President, Newo
Laura Rance grew up on a southern
Manitoba farm, studied journalism, and Rajan Rathnavalu is the founder and
has written about food and agricultural president of Newo, a not-for-profit
issues for the past 39 years. In addition social enterprise specializing in
to her current role as vice president of education and solar PV installation. Raj
content for GFM, she writes a weekly is also the co-founder of Spirit of the
business column for the Winnipeg Free Land, a program of the University of
Press on agriculture and food. Alberta Augustana Campus.

Trevor Riehl Dr. Jeff Schoenau


Organic Producer Researcher, University of
Trevor and his partner operate his Saskatchewan
family's fourth generation mixed farm
Dr. Jeff Schoenau is a professor of soil
south of Edmonton. They started the
fertility and professional agrologist who
transition to Certified Organic
works in the Department of Soil Science
production in 2014 with their first
at the University of Saskatchewan. He
quarter certified in 2017. Trevor has
holds the Saskatchewan Ministry of
integrated a number of soil health
Agriculture Soil Nutrient Management
principles into their operation
Chair in the College of Agriculture and
including cover crops, intercropping,
Bioresources, and is a fellow of the
and rotational grazing of livestock.
Agricultural Institute of Canada.

Tracey Smith Brenda Tjaden


Beekeeper and Honey Marketer, Sustainable Grain
Owner, Beanstalk Honey In the process of founding Sustainable
Tracey Smith is the owner of Beanstalk Grain, Brenda spent the past 3 years
Honey, a honey company east of researching sustainability protocols
Edmonton. Tracey studied Northern and the organic value chain, their
Studies at University of Alaska opportunities and vulnerabilities. She
Fairbanks. While in Alaska, she also pursued an education in soil
completed a study comparing the health and regenerative  agriculture
greenhouse gas emissions of producing and continues to build out her network
local chicken eggs to importing eggs. in this field.
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