ASG FarmTech Special Event: Is Planting Certified Seed Cost Effective?

Join the Alberta Seed Growers for their special event at FarmTech on Thursday, February 1, 10:15-11:15 in Hall F.

Is Planting Certified Seed Cost Effective

This study provides information and economic analysis for Alberta’s wheat producers regarding considerations for the type of seed they chose to plant. The information focuses on a cost comparison between saving seed for planting versus purchasing certified seed.

Speaker: Ryan Furtas

Ryan Furtas is a Market Analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry where he covers the farm input market segment in the Economics and Competitiveness Branch. Ryan and his family currently live in Edmonton but he grew up on a mixed farm south of Lloydminster. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Agriculture. Ryan previously held positions in Alberta with the CWB as well as in crop protection sales for BASF.


Visit the Alberta Seed Growers Booth in Hall E, Booth #78

About FarmTech:

Canada’s premier crop production and farm management conference. FarmTech 2018 features an outstanding line-up of speakers delivering more than 60 concurrent sessions covering the latest in technology, environment agronomy and farm business management. The Agricultural Showcase is home to the most innovative companies displaying their products and services along with special events and networking opportunities. Get your tickets online at:

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The Alberta Seed Growers are hosting our 89th annual general meeting at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from Feb. 24-26, 2018.

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Note to members: Click on the ‘Enter Promotional Code’ prompt in the top right window of the ticket window and enter the code ‘Member’ before selecting tickets and clicking ‘Checkout’.

Set against a picturesque mountain backdrop, our event will feature industry updates, informative speakers, networking opportunities, and the chance to get up close and personal with the Alberta Seed Growers’ board of directors. Come be a part of our meeting and participate in shaping the future of the seed industry!

The event will kick off on Saturday, February 24 with an optional family event – snow tubing at the Banff Norquay ski hill. For more information, click here: The shuttle bus will leave for the hill at 1:00 p.m. and return around 4:00 p.m. The day of tubing will conclude with a dinner afterwards at the Banff Centre’s Kinnear Centre – 103 around 6 p.m. If you are planning to attend, please select the ticket option for the “Family Event” when prompted.

If skiing is more your idea of winter fun, there are a variety of shuttle options from the Banff Centre. More information on the skiing shuttle options is available at If you are not planning on tubing, you are still very much welcome to join us for dinner and share some stories from your day. Just select the “Family Event – Dinner Only” ticket option to register.

The AGM will kick off on Sunday, February 25 with a “Partnerships in Agriculture” session followed by a reception, awards banquet and banquet speaker. We will be releasing an agenda soon outlining the sessions and speakers for the official AGM on Monday, February 26.

Event registration refunds will be provided until January 24, 2018. Following that date, registrations will only be transferrable.

Registration for this event closes at noon on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Banff Centre Reservations:

Hotel accommodation at the Banff Centre will be booked on a first-come first-serve basis and will fill up quickly.

Attendees are responsible to make their own hotel reservations. Rooms can be booked by clicking this link: or by phoning 1 (800) 884-7574 or (403) 762-6100. Reference Alberta Seed Growers’ Association AGM to receive a special group rate.

A block of rooms in Lloyd Hall (Queen bed) are available at $155 + taxes and fees per night. Self-parking is included in the fees. The hotel block rate is available until January 24, 2018 or until the room block is fully booked.

Note: If you are a registered participant at the Prairie Grains Development Committee, in order to keep your accommodation for the duration of both events, please email Kelly Chambers at [email protected]

For more information or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Kelly Chambers
[email protected]

See you there!




1:00 pm Board shuttle for Snow Tubing at Banff Centre – head to Mt. Norquay

4:00 pm Shuttle returns to Banff Centre from Snow Tubing

6:30 pm Kinnear Centre 105 Casual Dinner – Your day in Banff & Winter Olympic coverage on the big screen 


1:30 – 2:00 Sponsor Exhibit Move-in –  Kinnear 101

Kinnear Centre 101-103 – 2:00–4:30 p.m.

Registration Kinnear Centre 101-103 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Partnerships in Agriculture:

Alberta Seed Growers Board presents the 2017 seed industry activities and future direction facilitated by Shawn Brook, Issues Ink

Lois Schultz – 2017 Senior Champion of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture

Kinnear Centre 101 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception, Registration & Exhibits Open

Kinnear Centre 103 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Presentation

Welcome Address – Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Keynote Speakers: Julie & Lowell Taylor – Amazing Partners

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 – Kinnear Centre 101-103 

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Buffet Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Exhibits Open

Alberta Seed Growers AGM Business Meeting:            

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Alberta Seed Growers Association – Kinnear Centre 103

Call to Order:

Approval of Agenda

President’s Address:  Ward Oatway

Disposition of Annual Minutes

Appointment of Nominations Committee: Glenn Logan

Appointment of Resolutions Committee:  Jason Welsh

Auditor’s Report

Appointment of Auditor


Disposition of Resolutions

9:30–9:45 a.m.  Alberta Seed Processors – TBD

9:45 – 10:10 Seed Institute Update – Jennifer Scott, Canadian Seed Institute

10:10–10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits Open

10:30 – 12:00 p.m. CSGA Reports:

Presidents’ Remarks – Kevin Runnalls

National Committee Updates – Richard Stamp & Ron Markert

Professional Designation & 2017 Production Stats – Caroline Lafontaine

Circular 6 – Mike Scheffel

Executive Director Report & Seed Synergy Project – Glyn Chancey

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Value Capture – What Method Works? Panel Facilitator – Shawn Brook, Issues Ink

Participants: Todd Hyra, SeCan; Erin Armstrong, Canterra Seeds; Tom Steve, Alberta Wheat & Barley; Lorne Hadley, Canadian Plant Technology Agency

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Global AG RISK Solutions – TBD

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Standardized Seed Testing – Alberta Seed Quality Morgan, President CSAAC

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits Open

Sponsor Exhibit Move-out

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.  Alberta Seed Growers – Members Only Session:

Call for Nominations Election of Directors

Open Forum Resolutions

Adjourn (ASG Board Meeting – Executive Election)

NOTE: Agenda subject to changes prior to event

Thank you to our sponsors!













For information on Park Passes and transport to Banff from the Calgary International Airport, click here.

For Banff Area ski information, click here.

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