Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week is joining the list of Ontario agriculture events moving to a virtual format in 2021.
The week-long event features content for all kinds of farmers, featuring days focused on beef, crops, dairy, goat, sheep, horses and ecological farming. A seventh day with focus on the tradeshow around the event.
The 2021 event will be the 55th time it has been put on. There will be 60 speakers available on many topics.
It has been available to farmers via video streaming for the past three years, so co-ordinator of the event Lorie Smith says that they were in a “sweet spot” to move to an all-virtual event.
“We will take all of the best features about Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week, box them up, and create an online experience that mimics all the feels of the live event,” she says.
By starting to plan the January, 2021 event virtually now, it has meant there won’t be a need to rush a change to the event closer to start date.
Smith says there will continue to be opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees.
“Interaction and networking are vitally important. Our community is feeling the loss of social activities, so it is important that the virtual conference attempt to re-create these opportunities.”
The Tradeshow Day will be Tuesday, Jan 5, followed by Beef Day – Jan. 6, Dairy Day – Jan 7, Goat Day – Jan 8, Sheep Day – Jan 9, Horse Day – Jan 10, Ecological Day – Jan 11, and lastly, Crops Day on Jan 12.