The countdown is on to the Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference! Organized by OMAFRA, the Ridgetown Business Development Centre, and SOILS AT GUELPH, this virtual conference running February 23-25 will have something for everyone! This year’s theme is Making Connections: Soil Health, Cover Crops, and People. For only $35, attendees get access to 10 incredible live discussions, plus the ability re-watch the sessions for one month following the conference.
February 23 is the annual business meeting and will include updates from Ontario and each of twelve Midwestern states. Several MCCC partners will also share updates. This is a great opportunity to learn about cover crop research and programs across the Midwest.
Kickstarting the conference on the evening of February 23, Jenn Doelman, Odette Ménard, Greg Hannam, and Philip Shaw will discuss “Finding Common Ground on Cover Crops”. Moderated by Lauren Van Ewyck, this panel will home in on where cover crops can meet everyone’s shared goals.
February 24 is packed with amazing content! We have three of the world’s leading soil biologists ready to share how science’s latest achievements can improve our management of the living soil. And don’t miss our Keynote Conversation featuring Roger L. Martin – the world’s #1 management thinker! Roger joins Mel Luymes to lay out the principles for achieving a balance of efficiency with resilience in agriculture; and Crystal Mackay (Loft32), Dan Petker (CCA-ON), Dr. Alfons Weersink (University of Guelph), and Cher Mereweather (Provision Coalition) will further unpack what these principles mean for the agri-food industry.
February 25 rounds out the conference offering system-specific sessions for grain and oilseed producers, vegetable growers, and livestock farmers. Catch Dr. David Hooker, Rodney Rulon, Dr. Julie Grossman, Ried Allaway, Marie Shea, Dr. Melissa Wilson, and more during Thursday’s sessions.
When you’ve poured your afternoon hot beverage, join us on our Cover Crop Coffee Breaks at 3pm, February 24 and 25, to chat with more cover crop experts! Finally, we want to properly recognize a few key conference sponsors: the Ontario Agricultural College, Syngenta, the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Mosaic Company, and Cribit Seeds. Bringing together this stellar speaker lineup on a high-quality virtual platform would not be possible without their support.
Visit https://www.ineventors.com/mccc21/ to register and view the full conference lineup, or contact us for information. We can’t wait to see you there!
Cameron Ogilvie, SOILS AT GUELPH
Loree Elgie, Ridgetown BDC
Conference Sponsorship Lead