2017 Guest Speakers


Plenary Session

Michelle Nutting Agrium  Ms. Michelle Nutting
Michelle Nutting is the Manager of Agriculture Sustainability for Agrium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a major in Soil Science from the University of Manitoba.  Her experience includes roles in agriculture research, extension, regulatory management, sales and distribution.  In her current position Michelle is responsible for implementing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and working with external stakeholders engaged in sustainable agriculture initiatives.  She is an active member in The Fertilizer Institute, Fertilizers Canada, the International Fertilizer Association, the Canadian Field Print Initiative and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops and a board member for Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
Tom Bruulsema IPNI  Dr. Tom Bruulsema
Since July 2017, Tom Bruulsema has been VP Americas & Research for the International Plant Nutrition Institute.  Based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, he has been involved in soil fertility research and education since 1995. From 2015 to 2017 he led the Institute's Phosphorus Program. Dr. Bruulsema has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy. He was previously a research associate at the University of Minnesota (1994), and an agronomist with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh (1986-1990).
Delaney Ross Burtnack MCGA  Ms. Delaney Ross Burtnack
Delaney Ross Burtnack recently joined the Manitoba Canola Growers Association as Executive Director. Previously. Delaney led the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers as President & CEO, during which time she sat on the Steering Committee and was Communications Chair for the Market Acceptance of Pesticide Use Policy initiative. She holds her Masters of Science in agronomy from the University of Manitoba.
Doug Chorney Grain Commission Govt CAN  Mr. Doug Chorney
Doug Chorney served as Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) President from 2011 to 2015. Prior to this, he was KAP Vice-President and served as Chair of KAP's Workplace and Employment Committee.

Mr. Chorney served on the board of directors of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation from June 2015 to February 2017. As well, he served on the Agricultural Risk Management Review Task Force in 2015.

From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Chorney served on the board of directors of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. He also served as member of the Manitoba Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health from 2012 to 2017. Mr. Chorney is a former Vice-Chair and Board Member of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.

Mr. Chorney is a professional engineer and holds an agricultural engineering degree from the University of Manitoba. He farms 1,500 acres of cereal, oilseed and vegetable crops near East Selkirk, Manitoba.
Ian Epp CCC  Mr. Ian Epp
Ian Epp was raised on a family grain farm near Blaine Lake SK, where he continues to be involved in the operation. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in Agriculture, majoring in Agronomy. Ian is finishing a Master’s degree in Weed Science at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on cleaver control in canola. Since October 2015 Ian has been an Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada focusing on Stand establishment and weed management.
 John  Waterer Paterson GlobalFoods
Dr. John Waterer
Born and raised in Winnipeg, and still owns a farm near McAuley, Manitoba.
Director Crop Science, Paterson Global Foods. Winnipeg.
Testing Operations Manager, Corn Breeding at Monsanto and Canadian Agronomy Manager at Cargill. BSA, MSc, PhD from University of Manitoba.
Married with two kids and is an avid tournament angler, but still needs to work.

Pest Management Session

Hugh Beckie AAFC  Dr. Hugh Beckie
Hugh is a weed scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta in Edmonton. His research program over the past 25 years has focused on surveillance, risk assessment, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds as well as impact assessment of crops with novel traits.
Alejandro Costamanga Univ of MB  Dr. Alejandro Costamagna
Alejandro Costamagna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.  His research focuses on sustainable methods to control arthropod pests in agricultural systems. His current research projects include studying landscape and natural enemy impacts on flea beetles, cereal leaf beetles, lygus bugs, and soybean aphids. He is also looking for new sources of plant resistance to wheat midge, in collaboration with scientists of AAFC. Alejandro obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Entomology at Michigan State University, and did post-doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and at CSIRO in Australia. He is member of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, the Entomological Society of Canada, the Canadian Forum for Biological Control, the Entomological Society of America, the International Organization for Biological Control, the Ecological Society of America, and the International Association for Ecology.
Tom Wolf Agrimetrix
Dr. Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf is the Owner of Agrimetrix Research & Training. He is a spray application specialist, based in Saskatoon.  He obtained his BSA (1987) and M.Sc. (1991, Plant Science) at the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. (1996, Agronomy) at the Ohio State University.  Tom has focused his career on improving the safety and efficiency of spray application, most recently with his own company, Agrimetrix. Topics of interest are spray drift, spray deposition and canopy penetration, sprayer cleanout, and pesticide performance as affected by droplet size and carrier volume. Tom enjoys sharing his findings by speaking to growers directly or through the world’s number one sprayer website, Sprayers101.com.
Alison Robertson Iowa State Univ  Dr. Alison Robertson
Dr. Alison Robertson is a Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University.  She provides leadership for corn and soybean disease diagnosis and management information, and coordinates education programs for corn and soybean farmers and agribusiness professionals throughout Iowa. Through her Extension activities, she strives to increase the plant pathology expertise of her clientele in order to facilitate more effective disease management and thereby increased net returns for Iowa farmers. Her research program addresses contemporary issues in disease management of corn and soybean production.  Students in her lab are currently researching diseases of corn and soybean caused by Phytophthora and Pythium species.
John Gavloski MB Ag  Dr. John Gavloski
John is an entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture in Carman.  He conducts monitoring programs for some of Manitoba's major insect pests and provides information on insects and insect management to farmers, agronomists and those working in the agriculture industry. John does numerous presentations and information updates for agronomists and farmers, and produces a weekly Manitoba Insect and Disease Update during the spring and summer. He has worked for Manitoba Agriculture since 1997.

John has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology and a M. Sc. in entomology from the University of Guelph, and completed his Ph.D. in the department of entomology at the University of Manitoba.

Aside from entomology, John also enjoys hiking, cycling, travelling and observing almost any type of wildlife.

 Crop Management Session

Dave Hooker Univ of Guelph  Dr. David Hooker
Dave is a Cropping Systems Agronomist and Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, at Ridgetown Campus, which is approx. 1 hour east of Detroit and 2 hours west of Toronto.  His work focuses on field crop agronomy in mainly corn, soybean, wheat and some canola. He manages several long-term experiments on phosphorus and potassium fertility, crop rotations, tillage systems and cover crops.  Dave also teaches plant science and crop management to approximately 400 students per year. Dave also farms about 600 acres near London, Ontario.
 Greg Stewart Maizex Mr. Greg Stewart
Greg Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Peterborough, Ontario.  He attended the University of Guelph – his MSc focused on tillage and soil compaction.  Stewart farmed and worked in the farm equipment industry for four years before joining the Ontario Ag Ministry as the Corn Specialist in 1998.  Stewart joined the Maizex team in March of 2015.
Lorne Grieger PAMI  Mr. Lorne Grieger
Lorne Grieger is the Project Manager for Agricultural Research and Development at PAMI in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He holds a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Manitoba. Lorne’s passion for agriculture began with his family farm in the Swan Valley. After exploring the engineering consulting and pharmaceutical sectors, Lorne returned to a career in agriculture with PAMI. His broad range of experiences include research and development of agricultural equipment; evaluation of manure treatment and bioenergy systems; and research in grain harvesting and storage techniques.
Terry Buss MB Ag  Mr. Terry Buss
Terry Buss is the Farm Production Extension Specialist – Pulses, Primary Agriculture Branch with Manitoba Agriculture working out of the Beausejour office. Terry grew up in Beausejour and was part of his family’s farming operation until 1993.  He received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba.  He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the same institution. Terry has been with Manitoba Agriculture since December of 2002 and previously has worked as an Ag Rep, Diversification Specialist and Farm Production Advisor – Crops.  Before joining Manitoba Agriculture, Terry worked as a Pulse Crop Specialist for Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development for seven years.
Scott Chalmers MB Ag  Mr. Scott Chalmers
Scott grew up on a small mixed farm operation near Carroll, MB.  Scott completed his B.Sc. (Honours) degree at Brandon University in 2004 majoring in Botany and minoring in chemistry. Scott Chalmers is a Diversification Specialist, and has been working for MB Agriculture for over 10 years.  He has been managing the non-profit applied crop research group Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization (WADO) in Melita.  Aside from public variety trials, and general agronomy trials in all crops types, Scott enjoys researching cropping systems the most including intercropping.  Scott has been researching the merits of intercrops since 2009 when he first did an experiment with peas and canola.  Since then, Scott has research many successful crop combinations and systems of intercrops, relay crops and companion crops. Scott resides in Reston, MB with his wife Tanis and has two kids. Scott takes an interest in all grain beer brewing and cider making, holistic no till gardening, aquaculture, and sustainable greenhouse systems.
Lana Shaw  Ms. Lana Shaw
Lana Shaw has a M. Sc. Plant Sciences (2002) and a BSc Agriculture (1999) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked in pulse agronomy since 1999, first in a Masters degree in dry bean agronomy and then as an irrigation agronomist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (2001-2009. Since 2010, Lana has worked as research manager of the South East Research Farm, designing and conducting various agronomic field crop trials with a considerable emphasis on novel techniques like intercropping.

 Soil Management Session

John Breker AgVise  Mr. John Breker
John Breker is a soil scientist with AGVISE Laboratories in Northwood, ND. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Soil Science from North Dakota State University in 2015 and 2017, respectively. His M.S. research under Dr. David Franzen concerned recalibration of the soil potassium test for corn in North Dakota. John grew up on his family’s grain farm in southeast North Dakota, where his father still raises wheat, corn, and soybean.
Amy Mangin Univ of MB
Ms. Amy Mangin
Amy completed her Undergraduate degree at U of Manitoba majoring in Agronomy, and her Master’s degree at the U of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Linda Hall working on the influence of tillage systems on soil-applied herbicide efficacy. She returned the to the U of Manitoba in the spring of 2016 to work with Dr. Don Flaten on updating nitrogen recommendation for spring wheat in Manitoba and will began a PhD program with Dr. Yvonne Lawley at the U of M this coming January.
 Paul Bullock Univ of MB Dr. Paul Bullock
Paul Bullock is Professor and Head, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. from the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University.  Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Dr. Bullock had several years experience in global operational crop yield forecasting at the Weather and Crop Surveillance department of the Canadian Wheat Board as well as remote sensing application development with Noetix Research Inc.  His research covers a range of topics in agrometeorology including modeling weather impacts on crops, assessment of weather-based production risk and soil moisture modeling and measurement techniques.
Dr. Steve Crittenden AAFC  Dr. Steve Crittenden is currently a Research Scientist in Soil Nutrient Management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Brandon, Manitoba. He studied Soil Science at University of Guelph (M.Sc.) and Soil Quality at Wageningen University in The Netherlands (Ph.D.). He also did a postdoc in Nutrient Management at Cornell University in U.S.A. He has worked on transport of N, P, and E. coli from manure in drainage and runoff water, soil quality of tillage systems in organic and conventional farming using biological, chemical, and physical indicators, and on revising the New York Phosphorus Index and linking P indices and soil tests between regions using soil P saturation. At AAFC he hopes to evaluate soil management practices that will give producers in Canada the best opportunity possible to sustainably adapt to changing growing conditions and to continue working with soil P conservation.
 Scott Perkin Mr. Scott Perkin
My name is Scott Perkin, I farm at Elgin, MB with my brother and family.  Perkin Land and Cattle Company consists of approx. 8000 acres of Wheat, Canola, Oats, Sunflowers, Soybeans and corn as well as 175 purebred black and red simmentals.  We also operate Perkin Seed and Soil; a soybean and corn seed company providing seed solutions for our local market.  We pride ourselves on being progressive and efficient.  We are constantly looking at opportunities in grain markets and are willing to put the agronomic work into growing some unique crops.  The balance of farm and family is important to us; we have young families involved in hockey, dance and 4H; so the challenges of the workload and family activities are always top of mind.  Im always excited to speak about cropping options and agronomy to anyone.
 Korey Peters Mr. Korey Peters
Korey farms in Randolph, Manitoba, just west of Steinbach. His family farms around 5000 acres. They grow winter wheat, spring wheat, canola, soybean and corn. They also run a hog operation.
 Geoff Young Mr. Geoff Young
Geoff is an Agriculture Diploma graduate.  He farms between the towns of Manitou and Darlingford, Manitoba.  He grows wheat, canola and oats.  Last year was the first year he added soybeans to the rotation.  He is actively involved with the Boundary Trails Railway Co. (BTRC) and has been a member of the Board for the last 8 years.



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