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Drone schools and much more ahead this fall


If you have been wondering if a drone can fit into your farm’s beef management program, a two-day ag drone school coming up in early November in Lacombe County Alberta will not only answer those questions but also prepare you for certification as a drone operator.

Landview Drones, based in Edmonton is offering it’s first ever rancher version of Ag Drone School Nov. 4 and 5 at Lincoln Hall, not far from the town of Lacombe on the west side of Highway 2. Full details can be found on their website at: or you can contact Markus Weber at 1-780-448-7445.

The school covers a comprehensive program that Day 1 includes introduction to on-farm drone use; the operator certification process; hands-on drone operation; shows how a drone can be used for forage and crop mapping.

Day 2, starts off with researcher Dr. John Church describing where he sees drones having a good fit in managing cattle on pasture, as well as in feedlot operations.

And if you have paid attention to all instructions during the first day and a half, on Day 2 afternoon there is an optional opportunity to complete the Transport Canada on-line operators certificate.

Lacombe County is the first rancher-related drone school. Landview also has other drone schools planned:

  • Camrose, AB           Nov 14-15, 2019
  • Rycroft, AB              Nov 21-22, 2019
  • Lanigan, SK             Dec 2-3, 2019


Lethbridge College and the County of Lethbridge are teaming up to offer a one-day Nutrient Management Workshop at Lethbridge College November 13.

Dr. Jeff Schoenau with the University of Saskatchewan will be the featured speaker during the program that will cover: soil health, nutrient management under variable weather conditions, manure management legislation and manure benefits — how to apply it without causing too big of a stink.

The poster says this workshop would be useful to farmers and ranchers, custom manure applicators, consultants, extension staff, students and ag industry representative. Workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $80 which includes lunch.

For more information visit the website link:

And if that link doesn’t work then Google: “Nutrient Management Today” and you’ll find a link.


The Drone School (mentioned above) actually kicks off a very busy late fall schedule of activities:

  • Nov. 6 to 8 – Agritrade show at the Westerner Exhibition grounds in Red Deer, AB
  • Nov. 25 to 30 – Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Sask.
  • Nov. 26 to 28 – Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance annual conference in Calgary, AB: Website:

Then we get into December:

  • Grow Canada Conference in Calgary – Dec. 3 to 5, 2019:
  • Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers are meeting in New Brunswick Dec. 4 to 8, 2019
  • Farming Smarter is holding their annual conference and trade show Dec. 11 and 12 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge:
  • Prairie Cereals Summit holding their annual conference the same week – Dec. 11 and 12 in Banff – visit: for details.

And once you get over that Christmas break…


It is simply the best place to be in the pork industry in North America. The 2020 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) runs Jan. 7 to 9 at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel in Banff Alta.

“The fact that this is our 49th Seminar underlines the value to the industry,” says BPS program co-chair Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta. “This seminar has remained a leader because it always brings the best speakers together.

“It is also unparalleled opportunity for networking and fun. That’s because the event has really grown into Banff Pork Seminar Week, with companies and organizations using this as a destination to bring staff and clients together for related business meetings.”

The 2020 theme is “External forces, internal solutions” says BPS program co-chair Dr. Michael Dyck of the University of Alberta. “We face strong external forces,” he says. “How we respond, how we develop internal industry solutions will define our success.

“The plenary speakers at BPS 2020 bring new, current perspective on the hard issues while a host of speakers in the Breakout Sessions provide clear thinking and implementable ideas on the practical side of the industry.”

Here’s a session snapshot. Tuesday’s welcome reception eases into the week. Wednesday’s Joe Schwarcz of McGill University tackles “Sense, nonsense and science.” Then Tiffany Lee of the North American Meat Institute talks “The alternative protein movement: A challenge or unique opportunity.”

Thursday, Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends talks “Global markets and trends. And Klaus Depner of the Friedrich Loeffler Institute will outline “How much we need to know about African Swine Fever to be able to prevent, control and eradicate.” Thursday’s BPS 2020 closing plenary session looks at the thorny and growing issue of wild boars in Canada.

Breakout sessions topics include liability and the producer, nutrition, vaccines and health, sow management, pig resilience and smart technology. Wednesday’s breakouts features an innovators’ session; Thursday that time slot features a session on cross culture communications.

Full program details and registration information is available at the Seminar website Follow on Twitter @banffpork. Connect on Facebook /BanffPork. Get complete Seminar coverage in a Special Meeting Report via the link on the Seminar site.














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Lee Hart

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


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