Winter conferences join in one digital event

The new digital Ontario Agricultural Conference will focus on crops

Thousands of farmers usually attend crops conferences in Ontario during the winter to hear live speakers. This year the events will be digital.
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The Southwest Agricultural Conference, FarmSmart’s crop content and Eastern Ontario Crop conferences are being replaced because of COVID-19 by a digital conference Jan. 6 and 7, 2021 called the Ontario Agricultural Conference.

Event co-chair Albert Tenuta says that the steering committees of all the conferences are working together to “make sure in 2021 we present world-leading information to all of our stakeholders.”

The conference will focus on crops primarily, says Tenuta, although there will be some personal development content too.

The livestock component of what has been known as the FarmSmart conference will be delivered digitally in other ways, says Tenuta.

The popular events that draw thousands of farmers to different parts of the province will work together to present more than 30 different speakers.

The Southwest Agricultural Conference usually sells out months before its usual January dates, but the digital format will mean that the audience can be larger, says Tenuta and could reach across Canada and around the world.

Live interactive sessions will occur on both conference dates along with recorded sessions available beginning Jan. 6. A virtual exhibit hall will allow attendees to engage with conference sponsors.

Attendees can set their own schedule to view recorded sessions, beginning on Jan. 6 and then continue to learn through the winter.

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