This year, Farming Smarter brought some very powerful keynote speakers to Medicine Hat for the 2014 Farming Smarter Conference. Speakers included Michael Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society; William W. Wilson, a professor at North Dakota State University; Trish Sahlstrom, vice president of purchasing and distribution at A&W Food Services of Canada, Inc; and Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest.
The conference also saw some changes to the content presented this year.
“We had a few really, really positive comments about the grazing speakers. It’s something new for Farming Smarter this year and there’s a lot of mixed farms in this part of the world especially,” said Jamie Puchinger, assistant manager with Farming Smarter in this year’s wrap-up (included below).
The Farming Smarter Conference tends to focus on farm management, with agronomy tied in throughout the day. The goal, Puchinger says, is to draw innovative producers on the leading edge of the industry.
In the following interview, filmed the second day of the conference, Puchinger provides some of the highlights, explaining what sets this event apart from other agricultural conferences. She also describes how it is organized and what’s in store for the future.