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Celebrating Farming Families

By Paige Straf, AAg, Intern Extension Agrologist, Moose Jaw

January 2021

Ivey family with cattle
Adrienne Ivey with her children on the ranch.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is proud to present a new virtual event this year – Celebrating Farming Families! Celebrating Farming Families is an informative webinar series for the entire family. In Saskatchewan, we know how important agriculture is to families and how important families are to agriculture. This series is an opportunity to connect with others that may be going through many of the same experiences as your farm family. This includes celebrating successes while gathering tips that could benefit your operation.

This virtual event is free to attend. To correspond with the Family Day holiday, the webinar series will be hosted from Feb. 16 to 19, 2021. The event will cover topics appealing to both grain and cattle farmers, such as safe cattle handling, mental health on the farm, crop fertility and rotations, fair vs. equal succession planning and marketing your family business through social media.

Please use the links below to register for the sessions. You will have to register for each session individually. Webinars will be recorded live. Note that you must be registered for the webinar to receive the recording if you wish to watch at a later date. This is an event that you don’t want to miss as there will be something for everyone! For more information about the event, please contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at 7p.m. – Working with Livestock: Tips to Protect Physical and Mental Health

This session has two speakers: Lee Sinclair, Merck Animal Health, who will be discussing safe cattle handling during calving, and Tamara Carter, owner of Carter Land and Cattle, who will give a presentation on “Zen in the Pen,” which covers mental health while farming with family.

Register online

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at 4 p.m. - Planning to be Productive: Crop Rotations and Fertility

Are you interested in learning more about crop rotation and fertility? Martin Entz from the University of Manitoba will be discussing crop rotations in his experience with natural systems. Samantha Marcino, Crops Extension Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, will discuss crop fertility planning. This session will provide practical information to consider as you make plans for the upcoming growing season and beyond.

Register online.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at 7 p.m. - Fair vs. Equal Succession Planning

Bob Tosh, a Farm and Family Business Advisor from MNP, will give a presentation on fair vs. equal succession planning. This webinar will explore how fair and equal succession planning are not the same. Bob will share tips on how to approach the sometimes difficult conversation about transition and why it is crucial to do have these conversations.

Register online

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - Social Media Marketing Panel

Interested in using social media to market your family business? Join a panel featuring successful marketers: Three Farmers Inc., Meyers Ranch Beef, and Saskatchewan Snow Beef as they discuss their journey with social media marketing.

Register online

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