The 2010 Quinte Farm & Trade Show will once again focus on the new. Topical and timely seminars will bring producers up to date with the latest that is happening in their industry and 2010 features the largest seminar program ever. The capacity trade show features local suppliers will be showcasing state-of-the-art technology and innovations.
The Farm Show is located at the usual site, the Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton. The organizers are changing things up this year. The trade fair runs as usual from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but in the evening exhibitors will only be there from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This year more than 45 exhibitors will be on hand and the best thing about it is they are all local. Admission is free and a hot lunch will be available at the hall at a modest price.
The seminar program begins at 10:00 a.m. with the crops session. We are delighted to have Patrick Lynch as our keynote crop speaker and his session will be Crop Production: Then: Now: In the Future. The session will look at how crop production has evolved in Ontario over the last 40 years. Growers will have a chance to listen to crop production management factors that have changed and those that are still evolving. You will hear how hybrid selection has changed, tillage systems have evolved, weed control strategies that changed to meet the change in weed escapes and evolutions. You will have a chance to hear some of the behind the scenes activities that occurred in Ontario’s changing Crop Production Systems.
Pat is a former Soils and Crops Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, past chair of the Certified Crop Advisory Board, current member of the Ontario Weed Committee, member of the Ontario Field Crops Soil Fertility Research Committee. Lynch frequently has his views and concerns in the Production section of the Ontario Farmer. He has a regular column in Better Farming since that paper’s inception.
The dairy seminar takes place in the afternoon with two key speakers. The first speaker is Felix Soriano, President and founder of APN Consulting. Felix now shares his supervisory and management experience with many dairy producers in the United States and we are pleased to have him in Trenton to share with us. Here is more information on Felix's visit .
The second speaker is Mark E. Carson BSc. (Agr). MSc., Herd Reproduction Analyst with Gencor. He will be speaking about reproduction in the modern day dairy cow. The dairy seminar will begin at 1:00 p.m.
The evening program begins at 6:00 p.m. when the exhibit hall re-opens and the seminar program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is important for all livestock producers. Ben Hawkins, P. Eng., will be presenting a thorough review of the new deadstock regulations. These new regulations came into effect in 2009 and everyone must know them, so you don’t break the law and more importantly so you don’t cause environmental problems. Ben works for OMAFRA at the Brighton Resource Centre as Engineer, Best Management Practices, Technology, Integration & Transfer. We are lucky to have Ben in our own backyard.
Once again, to show appreciation to the visitors and exhibitors, the show will have a free draw so you will not want to miss out. See you there.