Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture 2023 Virtual Conference
Sustainable food production systems: Exploring new and traditional knowledge
MARCH 7-9, 2023
Co-hosted by the University of Manitoba's National Centre for Livestock and the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Photo credit: DUC
This 3-day virtual conference brings together researchers, students, producers, government, commodity organizations and industry representatives with a range of perspectives to collectively share ideas and experiences about how to improve agricultural sustainability in Canada. Sessions will feature brief presentations followed by facilitated panel discussions exploring the path to achieving net zero emissions on farms, addressing the role of Indigenous agriculture in our food systems and examining the importance of preserving and enhancing biodiversity on the prairies and beyond. This year's conference will provide an update on Canada's Living Lab Projects and the opportunity for attendees to join two live question and answer sessions with researchers and industry experts. In addition, the conference will include a hands-on interactive morning workshop on the Holos model designed to estimate on farm greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a research update featuring graduate students who will share their findings through short videos.
Registration is required to attend this free conference - register today!
Conference Planning Committee
|University of Manitoba:||Kim Ominski, Emma McGeough, Doug Cattani, Marcos Cordeiro, Mario Tenuta, David Lobb, Peter Frohlich|
|Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:||Roland Kroebel, Emily McAuley, Sarah Pogue, Aaron McPherson|
|Ducks Unlimited Canada:||Kristine Tapley|
|Industry/Farm Production:||Melissa Atchison|
Schedule at a Glance
Day 1 - Tuesday March 7
Keynote: Are net zero emissions achievable?
Achieving net zero emissions
|2:15-3:15 pm||Moderator: Mario Tenuta
|3:15-4:00 pm||Panel discussion|
|4:15-5:00 pm||Graduate Student Research Video Competition 1|
Day 2 - Wednesday March 8
Role of Indigenous Agriculture in Our Food Systems
HOLOS model workshop - Aaron, Roland
Sarah Pogue - Holos Model Developer, AAFC Lethbridge Research and Development Centre
|1:00-1:45 pm||Graduate Student Research Video Competition 2|
Moderator: Emily McAuley
|3:00-3:45 pm||Panel Discussion|
|3:45-4:30 pm||Barley Sandwich – Q and A with industry and researchers|
Day 3 - Thursday March 9
Is Biodiversity the new Carbon?
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||Living Labs – A new approach to on-farm innovation in beneficial management practices to tackle climate change
Kevin Anderson - Living Labs Climate Change Lead, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The living labs concept provides a new approach to agricultural innovation in Canada, which brings together farmers, scientists, and other collaborators to co-develop and test innovative management practices and technologies. Through a nation-wide network of living labs, the initiative focuses on innovative solutions to environmental issues related to agriculture, such as climate change, soil health, water quality and biodiversity. The goal of the program is to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable practices and technologies by Canadian farmers.
This talk will show how the living labs approach is been used at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to develop and deploy natural climate solutions in Canada’s agricultural sector through the Agricultural Climate Solutions program.
|1:00 - 1:45 pm||Graduate Student Research Video Competition 3 and Voting|
|1:45 - 2:45 pm||
Moderator: Tim McAllister
|2:45 - 3:00 pm||Break|
|3:00 - 3:45 pm||Panel discussion|
|3:45 - 4:00 pm||Wrap up and Concluding Remarks|
|4:00 pm||Barley Sandwich – Q and A with industry and researchers|