Talking the talk and walking the walk at Agri-Visions

By Geoff Lee

February 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Agri-Visions will be all talk and action for the grain and cattle industries at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
The event taking place Feb. 15-16 is billed as a two day, interactive information event that features a trade show, keynote speakers, seminars, demonstrations, and special events for the agriculture industry.
Organizers from the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association are expecting another great turnout in the off season for farming.
“It seems to be growing every year which we are very happy about,” said Tess Wack, the association’s marketing specialist
“People are always looking to learn new innovative ways to improve their operation.”
Wack said they have lined up some great speakers as well.
This year’s Agri-Visions schedule of presentations on Feb. 15 includes Lance Stockbrugger, a chartered accountant.
He’ll be speaking about succession planning under the heading, Who’s Taking Over the Farm?
Todd Hirsch, chief financial economist for ATB Financial, will be giving an economic update with his topic: Have We Reached the Bottom Yet?
The speakers’ list includes Robin Speer, executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
“He’ll be talking about NAFTA and all those potential changes there,” said Wack.
“On Thursday, we have Stockbrugger again and we have Canada’s Ag day lunch with Clinton Monchuk who will deliver The Real Story of Agriculture.”
A fellow nicknamed “Wheat Pete” will be talking about the record UK wheat harvest in 2015 of 246 bushels per acre and the bragging rights that go with it.
Check the event website at lloydexh.com for the full schedule and ticket prices.
The action part of Agri-Visions will focus on the Sprayer Innovation Zone on both days.
The innovation zone is where a variety of local equipment dealers and factory reps will demonstrate the latest innovation in spray application and precision technology.
Last year, the zone was all about seeding equipment and technology.
New this year in the zone will be a featured speaker on both days among the many attractions at Agri-Visions.
“We’ve got some things for both grain and cattle producers, so there is something for everyone, including the Border City Seed Show,” said Wack.
“There’s 18 classes of pedigreed seeds so we have lots of entries in that and it’s a great way for our seed producers to show off and win some prizes.”
Visitors are invited to cheer Ken Kay’s induction into the Lloydminster Agriculture Hall of Fame (please see story on page 3) during the Campfire & Vittles banquet, starting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15.
Kay was a former partner at Agland in Lloydminster who retired from management in 2000 and from all company duties in 2016 after more than 50 years of experience at the dealership dating back to 1957.
The banquet will also feature comedian Kelly Taylor. Tickets are $30 a person.
“We’ve got door prizes at the banquet, there’s raffle prizes you can win at the show,” said Wack.

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