Speaker Schedule

Hear from industry experts at the London Farm Show! 

Speaker Schedule 

DATE & TIME  LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Wednesday March 4th, 2020    
10AM-2PM Agriplex Lobby

Corteva Conversations | Brought to you by the experts at Corteva Agriscience Pioneer and Brevant : Join us daily for a refreshment while you learn about hot topics from our local agronomy experts.

11AM BMO Centre Stage FCC: Jeff Davies, Transition Specialist: Navigating the Seven “C’s” of Family Farm Business
1PM BMO Centre Stage Moe Agostino: Where’s the demand? Trade & Currencies. Sell Weather Markets!
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2PM BMO Centre Stage Dean Anderson, B.Sc, P Ag, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, Confined Space Entry?
Thursday March 5th, 2020    
10AM-2PM Agriplex Lobby

Corteva Conversations | Brought to you by the experts at Corteva Agriscience Pioneer and Brevant : Join us daily for a refreshment while you learn about hot topics from our local agronomy experts.

10AM BMO Centre Stage Loretta Biscaro Smith: Lessons Learned on the Farm
11AM BMO Centre Stage Upper Thames Conservation Authority: Using Cover Crops & Erosion Control Structures to Manage Runoff
1PM BMO Centre Stage Moe Agostino: Where’s the demand? Trade & Currencies. Sell Weather Markets!
Sponsored by Sevita
2PM BMO Centre Stage FCC AgExpert: Building a Foundation of Trust in Farm Data - Jon Paskaruk, Product Associate
3PM BMO Centre Stage Dairy Distillery: Omid McDonald - Turning a dairy by-product into a superior spirit: Vodkow
Friday March 6th, 2020    
10AM Agriplex Lobby

Corteva Conversations | Brought to you by the experts at Corteva Agriscience Pioneer and Brevant : Join us daily for a refreshment while you learn about hot topics from our local agronomy experts.

10AM BMO Centre Stage FCC AgExpert: Building a Foundation of Trust in Farm Data - Jon Paskaruk, Product Associate
11AM BMO Centre Stage Moe Agostino: Where’s the demand? Trade & Currencies. Sell Weather Markets!
Sponsored by Sevita
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Upper Thames River Conservation Authority: Using Cover Crops and Erosion Control Structures to manage runoff.

Examine the benefits of cover crops from an erosion control perspective, highlighting the results from the Upper Medway Subwatershed Project. We will also discuss other options available for erosion control on farms, including structures like WASCoBs and grassed waterways.

UTRCA | Conservation Services 

For over 50 years, staff at the UTRCA have been working with rural landowners to improve the natural environment. Members of the Conservation Services unit work towards improving soil and water quality, relying heavily on the relationships with farming landowners in the watershed.

Craig Merkley and Michael Funk will discuss local projects in the Upper Thames River Watershed that are contributing to soil and water quality. There is a current focus on promoting cover crops in the Upper Thames, and staff will share findings from a local project that’s on the leading edge of studying the impacts of cover crops at a larger scale. Staff will highlight projects that are both innovative and tried-and-true, with findings that are sure to intrigue!

Michael    Craig

 


Ken

Ken Martin | Veldale Farms
  

Veldale Farms Ltd was established in 1966 by the Veldhuizen family.  They began as a 100 acre dairy farm and are now cropping around 2000 acres of corn, soys, wheat, and edible beans.  We also have a dairy and finish pigs on contract.  We are a Dekalb seed dealership along with Quality seeds for forage.  We offer comprehensive soil sampling using the Trimble SIS equipment.  This along with a full line of equipment for doing custom work keeps us quite busy.  

5 years ago we switched from mouldboard plowing and full surface tillage to strip till.  We use the soil warrior strip tiller ahead of corn and more recently edible beans.  We no till soybeans and wheat.  We find this system integrates well with cover crops to improve soil structure, decrease erosion, and apply nutrients.  We try to apply manure in the summer after wheat into a cover crop since we are not incorporating it.  We are very happy with the way the system is working for us.   

We are focused on improving soil health by improving waterways and installing structures to help with surface water.  Upper Thames is a great resource for recommending what and where.  Our goal is to cover as much of the ground year round as possible, and limit soil movement which carries nutrients away with it.  We haven’t achieved this yet, but are working towards sustainability, not only for today, but for the future. 

 

 


Jon PaskarukFCC AgExpert: Building a Foundation of Trust in Farm Data Management | Jon Paskaruk Product Associate

Jon Paskaruk is a Product Associate with the FCC AgExpert team. He joined FCC in 2008 and since then has worked in the Customer Service Centre, Alliances, and Finance before finding his current role with the AgExpert Team. 

With over a decade of experience at FCC, Jon travels the country educating customers, partners, and FCC staff about the importance of digitizing farm records, and how you can leverage your farm data with AgExpert to help make better business decisions. 

 


Loretta BiscaroLessons Learned on the Farm | Loretta Biscaro Smith, Genesis Executive Management 

Everything one needs to learn about business and leadership can truly be learned on the farm. I married a man that wanted to farm. I was an outsider, one of ‘them’ – a ‘city girl’. What a learning curve, one that changed my business consultancy practice and my life for the better. Courage, resilience, trust, and an unwavering determination – these all show up each and every day on the farm. From early to rise to being the quintessential early adopters of technology farmers have a lot to teach the rest of the business world.   

Loretta is a master story teller often using lessons from the farm to keynotes to international business audiences. Uplifting, often humorous and always engaging, Loretta’s lessons learned on the farm bridge the gap on lessons truly from the farm to the table.  Loretta is a respected business strategist, dynamic speaker, executive coach, published author and trainer focused on the dynamics of Character Infused Leadership.  She thrives working with entrepreneurial leaders who strive for operational excellence.  She believes that it’s all about how people utilize their skills: character alongside competency and commitment, which distinguishes high performance.  Loretta partners with business leaders coaching them to embrace the courage to lead. 

 


Moe Agostino | Where’s the demand? Trade & Currencies. Sell Weather Markets!
Sponsored by Sevita

Moe Agostino

Moe has over 30+ years of experience in trading markets, commodity risk management and marketing, the last 17 years with Farms.com Risk Management. His primary areas of expertise include grains, basis, livestock, feed, futures/options, energy/diesel, fertilizer/input purchases and both technical and fundamental analysis of global and local markets.

Farms.com Risk Management subscriptions include premium access to a members-only section of the App which includes the benefits and features of a Risk Management Subscription along with the ability to personalize elements of the information, such as receiving commodity alerts and setting commodity alert price targets, allowing subscribers to better protect themselves from the excesses and volatility in commodity prices. 

Moe is a sought after speaker who presents to groups across the USA and Canada and is the publisher of https://www.farms.com/market-school/ an on-line learning educational video series, and a regular contributor to Better Farming and Better Pork magazines.  Moe has participated in 3 Quebec Crop tours, and has organized and led 8 U.S. crop tours and 5 Great ON Yield Tours #ONyield20, https://riskmanagement.farms.com/events/ontario-yield-tour-2020 since 2012. His track record speaks for itself!

 


Jeff DaviesFCC: Navigating the Seven ‘C’s’  of Family Farm Business | Jeff Davies, Transition Specialist 

Jeff has been working with FCC since August 2019 as the Ag Transition Specialist in Ontario. 

As a second-generation Transition specialist, Jeff understands the intricacies of family businesses.  Before coming to FCC, he worked for 14 years in his family business which specialized in farm transition advice. Jeff’s love for helping families transition their farms successfully comes from seeing the impact transition planning has on the many families he has worked with over the past years.  

Jeff is a designated Family Enterprise Advisor through the University of British Columbia, a trained Mediator & Facilitator, a graduate of the SuccessCare Program and has been a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors since 2005.    

When he is not helping family businesses, Jeff can be found with his wife, Nikki, at the local rinks and soccer pitches cheering on their three children. 

 


Turning A Dairy By-Product Into Smooth Vodka: Vodkow | Omid Mcdonald, Founder & Ceo, Dairy Distillery  

Omid McDonald

Dairy Distillery founder Omid McDonald is an eclectic serial entrepreneur whose past startups range from medical devices to software for DJs. An engineer and prolific coder, Omid has several patents and academic articles to his credit. Omid is also an able tradesman having built several buildings. He became enamored with distilling while visiting a craft distillery in Charleston. It wasn’t long until Omid started making moonshine in his basement with a copper pot still he hand-built. He saw an opportunity to pursue his dream of starting a distillery when he learned of the problem of excess milk sugar plaguing the dairy industry.  Omid is applying his engineering and entrepreneurial skills to help dairy farmers and the environment by developing high-value applications for excess lactose. 

 


Stop, Think & Act Before Entering Confined Spaces | Dean Anderson, B.SC, P AG, Strategic Advisor, Agriculture, Workplace Safety And Prevention Services 

Silos, manure pits, some grain bins, well shafts and milk tanks can be deadly if there is insufficient oxygen.  You may be overcome by toxic gases and be unable to escape unaided. Stop, think and act before entering confined spaces. 

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