I’ve got to tell you, this week has been a bit of a marathon, maybe only a little bit because it started off in the rosy afterglow of a Rider win in the 101st Grey Cup championship (sorry Ti-Cat fans!). That, and we were everywhere this week. Everywhere!
The RealAgriculture team was in Banff for the Bayer Agronomy Summit, Calgary for both the Beef Straw Man and CanFax Cattle Market Forum and Woodstock, Ont., filming some fantastic corn harvest footage (yes, still). Shaun Haney did a bang up job covering all things beef this week, including figuring out exactly what a Beef Straw Man is (click here to find out), plus he got a very informative update from CCA president Martin Unrau, listen to the here, and managed a market re-cap with Duane Lenz, with Cattle Fax.
Debra Murphy had the tough assignment of spending a few days in Banff, covering the first ever Bayer Agronomy Summit (it’s a tough life sometimes). Coverage of that will be forthcoming, but in the meantime you can catch the Twitter feed here or check out the Storm seed treater featured at the event.
For those of you who love to see the world, and especially see how farming works in a place so different from home, Saik’s Agri-Treks series is for you. Rob Saik, president and founder of Agri-Trend Group of Companies, recently spent weeks in Kenya and brought along his camera. The result is a three-part video series highlighting the breathtaking beauty of the wildlife, contrasted with the almost incomprehensible difficulty of every day life. See episode one here and episode two here. Episode three will be up next week.
To cap off this very busy week, I’m headed west to Brandon, Man., later today to participate in a very neat two-day event. The Manitoba Canola Growers Association is hosting a two-day leadership event for its members, and I’m honoured to participate and talk all things media and social media. Unlike a similar event that ran this spring, I actually know almost everyone attending, and all because of Twitter. It’s a remarkable thing, this social media, and one of my favourite videos this week has to be Dr. Dave Hooker’s interview with Bern Tobin about how Twitter has changed the way research and agriculture extension get done. Check that out here, if you’re so inclined.
Until next week,