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1. Farmers looking to fine-tune or adopt conservation and precision farming practices should be at the Southern Alberta Conservation Association (SACA) annual conference in Medicine Hat, Alta., on December 2 and 3.

The conference, with accompanying trade show, will feature several speakers on topics ranging from maximizing your precision farming investments, marketing effectively in today’s farm economy, and managing risk in dynamic times. There will also be presentations on disease management, a herbicide resistance update, fertilizer pricing, an update on KVD, producing native forages, and a panel discussion on global positioning systems.

Two special speakers during the conference include Wayne Lindwall, a retired Agriculture Canada researcher and a pioneer in conservation farming practices, who will open the conference, and former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald, who is the banquet speaker.

Cost of the full conference being held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede grounds is $175 per person. The cost for one day is $110. Call 1-888-647-6336 to register or see the full conference agenda online at: www.areca.ab.ca/site/saca_events

2. As you know, many cities in Canada have banned herbicide use on lawns and in parks. Will this lead to pressure on farmers to do the same thing? The Canadian Weed Scientist Society will discuss this at their annual conference in Banff November 25-27. The theme is “The Politics of Weeds.” Other topics are climate change and public perceptions of GMOs. Further details and registration information is available at www.cwss-scm.ca.Grainews will follow up to see what the weed scientists conclude from their discussions.

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