Organizers have decided that staying online will give the 2022 Grey Bruce Farmers Week in January the certainty it needs to make plans.
It takes a lot of advance work to mount the large week-long event with an established reputation for bringing agriculture expertise together.
Organizer Lorie Smith, of Grey Ag Services in Markdale, said there’s no doubt everyone involved is craving to be in rural Elmwood, Ontario as usual, sitting down to a hot roast beef meal among friends.
But on the bright side, without travel expenses, those attending virtually will be able to hear from experts around the world, for example, a vet from the UK who will be speaking on Sheep Day. Scott Shearer, head of the food, agriculture and biological engineering department at Ohio State will speak on Crops day about technology in agriculture.
Also, producers can register right up to the event and even four weeks afterward to access the recordings of the sessions. All those registered will have 30 days access to the content.
Just to make everyone is on the same page – make that platform, the first event on Jan. 4, 2022 will be “Check Your Tech Tuesday,” a chance to iron out all the technical difficulties.
There will be some speakers that day as well, and also an opportunity to learn more about the many sponsors. The major sponsor is Farm Credit Corporation.
The 56th Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week will run starting on Jan. 4 and ending Jan. 11, with sequential special days for beef, dairy, goat, sheep, ecological farming and crops.
The organizers made sure to build in the popular producer panel discussions as well as question and answer and “mingle” periods to have as much interaction as possible – figuratively, although not physically, “rubbing elbows” with others in attendance.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald