Banff events – register for Cereal Summit and Pork Seminar

Grains meeting will be a live, in-person event, hog producers will meet virtually

Register for “live” Prairie Cereal Summit

Registration is now open for this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit (PCS) to be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, December 9 -10, 2020.
Hosted by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, the two-day event will be held in person in full compliance with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines for public gatherings. It includes a full day conference covering numerous cereals and agriculture industry topics and also serves as the venue for the Alberta Barley Commission Annual General Meeting (AGM).

This year’s conference keynote speaker is well-known commentator Dr. Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie University presenting on The pandemic’s legacy on our food supply chain.
The 2020 conference will take on a different format with two rooms for presenters and guests to maintain social distancing and comply with AHS guidelines. Registrations will be capped at a maximum of 150. All PCS attendees will be required to sign a waiver and wear a mask in common areas as per the AHS mandate.
“We are pleased to host PCS in person with physical distancing and proper protocols in place to ensure the safety of all attendees,” said Dave Bishop, Alberta Barley chair. “PCS is a valuable event that showcases research and agronomy activities, value chain initiatives, our global competitiveness and other relevant industry topics, all at an affordable rate.”
In addition to the conference portion, PCS has a beer tasting session that spotlights Alberta’s high quality beer, plus a banquet supper with entertainment to close the two-day event.
“PCS is a great opportunity for Alberta farmers to network in a safe manner with our expert guest speakers, as well as industry professionals and other farmers,” said Todd Hames, Alberta Wheat Commission chair. “This year’s smaller setting will allow for more direct engagement amongst speakers, farmers and other guests. We are excited to unveil our exciting agenda over the coming weeks.”
PCS also features Alberta Barley’s delegate and director session and AGM on December 9, 2020 at 3 p.m., which farmers are encouraged to attend.
Registration is now open for PCS. Producers and industry members can take advantage of the early bird rate up to the November 15 deadline. Additionally, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers PCS attendees the affordable room rate of $189 per night. To see the full PCS agenda, click here.

Register for “free” Banff Pork Seminar

Registration details have been announced for the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS). Most important the event is free. However delegates must register ahead of time in order to participate.

“Our decision to go with a virtual conference for 2021 was based on keeping delegates safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ashley Steeple, Seminar Coordinator. “However, in keeping with our history, we wanted to continue to offer the high quality experience that our in-person events have always provided.”

The 2021 Seminar will be a two day event, held Tuesday Jan. 5 and Thursday Jan. 7.

Program details and the registration link are on the BPS website Delegates will have the option of watching speaker presentations live or watching later at their convenience.

“This is a unique opportunity for delegates anywhere in Canada or around the world to participate in our renowned Banff Pork Seminar,” says Steeple. “By providing this free of charge we are hoping to help the industry during a difficult time and at the same time ensure that this iconic event continues in the future.”

The 50th anniversary celebration originally scheduled for this year has been delayed to the next in-person event with BPS partner, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, says Steeple. Hopefully that will be in 2022.

The Banff Pork Seminar is coordinated by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, in cooperation with Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and other pork industry representatives from across Canada.

More complete details will be available in the Inside BPS Special Report which can be accessed by link from the Seminar website Follow BPS on Twitter @BanffPork.



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Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.



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