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Challenging Convention with Innovation

Indian Head, Sask., January 27, 2008:

"Challenging Convention with Innovation" is the theme of INNOVATIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE 2008. Held February 19-20 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London, Ontario, the conference features twenty speakers on a wide range of topics including Irrigation with Drainage Tile, Manure in a No-Till Situation, Lessons from the New Zealand Experience, Risk Management, Business Planning, No-till Corn, Fertilizer Materials and Placement for No-Till, Getting and Retaining Good Help, Precision Agriculture, Cover Crops, and more.

Alistair Polson from New Zealand will reveal how New Zealand farmers excelled despite the loss of domestic subsidies. Moe Russell, of Panora Iowa will challenge growers on their thirst for purchasing farm land, discuss trends in agriculture and conservation tillage. Banquet Speaker John Phipps, of US Farm Report and John's World will discuss good management practices and handling success.

This year, IFAO is offering two Panel Discussions. This year's Farmer Panel will consist of Kevin Eisses of Innisfil, George Cornelissen, of Watford, and Martin Van Raay of Dashwood. These Ontario Farmers will discuss, with well-illustrated profiles of their crop management and tillage method and equipment modifications, how they make manure work in a no-till situation. Moderator for this panel is Peter Darbishire of AIS Communications. The Great Lakes No-Tillers Panel consists of Andy Gough from Michigan and Terry Schneider of Illinois. These two inventors and no-till pioneers will share their many years of no-till experiences.

The IFAO No-Till Database Research Project will be launched at this conference. Greg Stewart was coordinator of this project which was initiated and sponsored by Innovative Farmers of Ontario. Greg will introduce this project and demonstrate how to utilize the database in order to compare tillage systems from an economic standpoint, connect to the world's best tillage information and access photos and system profiles of some of Ontario's tillage innovators.

7 Farmer to Farmer discussion groups will run 4 times and there are several breakout sessions following the keynote speakers, to enable participants to benefit from attending many different sessions.

The conference has been made possible by the generous support of Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and NK Seeds. This conference is economically priced with discounts for IFAO members. CEU credits are available and most meals and the Banquet is included in the registration fee.

For more information, contact the IFAO office at 519-769-2443 (phone) or email or check out the IFAO Website at

For more information, contact:

IFAO Office
RR #2 6650 Boxall Rd.
Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J2
Tel: (519) 769-2443
Fax: (519) 769-2777
Ken Nixon
RR 3 Ilderton
Tel: (519) 66601616