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Glacier FarmMedia to establish Discovery Farm Woodstock

Sept. 15, 2020

Popular Agricultural Learning and Technology Event Poised For Growth

WOODSTOCK, ON. — Glacier FarmMedia (GFM) today announced its intention to establish Discovery Farm Woodstock at the current site of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) as the permanent home of the show and an applied research facility designed to strengthen Ontario’s agriculture sector.

GFM President Bob Willcox said the company is working with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario on an agreement to purchase the current 100-acre site of the annual farm show and lease some adjacent lands. The sale is expected to be finalized in 2021.

“Through this proposed agreement, we will not only secure the future of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show but also bring new research and innovation infrastructure to southern Ontario,” said Willcox. “Our intention with Discovery Farm Woodstock is to bring together key players from industry and science to find practical solutions to the key questions facing farmers today.”

Discovery Farm Woodstock will focus on farmer-driven applied research and innovation in the area of sustainability and soil health using an in-field and classroom framework. Willcox said future plans for the show and demonstration site include establishing a sustainability and soil health centre.

“Key to our plan is establishing strategic partnerships,” he said. In addition to working together on applied research projects, partnering organizations will help ensure knowledge and technology transfer. He pointed to GFM and Grain Farmers of Ontario, which has a focus on educating farmers and connecting the public to the province’s agri-food sector. It is the intent of both groups to develop a strategic educational partnership for the site.

Discovery Farm Woodstock will be a sister site to the successful Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Langham, home to Ag in Motion, located west of Saskatoon. For more information visit www.discoveryfarm.ca.

“Our experience has shown us the value of enhancing agricultural research capacity to produce sustainable, economical and practical real-world solutions that farmers can apply to their own operations, whether it’s through field trials or technology demonstrations. Our primary goal with Discovery Farm Woodstock is to create a permanent site for innovation that will give Ontario farmers the edge they need to grow their businesses.”

For more information, please visit contact:
Kaitlyn Kitzan
[email protected]
(306)-521-0643


The Farm Forum Event to Expand with Glacier FarmMedia

Oct. 15, 2018

Popular Agricultural Learning and Technology Event Poised For Growth

WINNIPEG, MB.—Glacier Media (GVC: TSE) announced today that it will assume management of the Farm Forum Event, a popular ag educational event that has been attracting farmers and key industry players for two decades.

Trimble began hosting the event with the purchase of the agronomic consulting company Agri-Trend Inc. in 2016. Agri-Trend founded the Farm Forum Event 20 years ago and has been hosting the event in Western Canadian cities on an annual basis.

Glacier FarmMedia will handle future operations of the event, which will be held this year December 4-6 in Calgary, with Trimble remaining as a presenting sponsor and strong supporter. The Farm Forum Event will be managed by the expert event team who organize Ag in Motion and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, which attract over 30,000 and over 40,000 attendees respectively.

“This event is an excellent fit with Glacier FarmMedia’s strong connections to farmers and crop advisors and compliments our outdoor farm shows and media properties,” said Bob Willcox, President of Glacier FarmMedia. “We are excited to take over this successful farm event, and that Trimble will continue to support and participate in the show.”

“This unique event has attracted the industry’s smartest and most entrepreneurial farmers and crop advisors — those who want to be at the cutting edge of new technologies and agronomic strategies that promise to drive productivity,” said Darren Howie, Director, Worldwide Sales, with Trimble Ag Business Solutions. “We look forward to working with Glacier to support this event for years to come.”

For more information, please visit contact:
Amanda Macfarlane
Media Relations
Farm Forum Event
[email protected]
1-800-563-5441 Ext.37

Carla Vipond
Media regulations
Glacier FarmMedia
[email protected]
1-306-230-5168


Farmtario brings new source of news and information to Ontario farmers

March 7, 2018

Farmtario, a new source of news for Ontario farmers, was launched today at the London Farm Show.

As the newest member of Glacier FarmMedia’s family of publications, Farmtario delivers a local perspective on Ontario agriculture, with the same commitment to quality Glacier FarmMedia applies to all of its publications and enterprises. Glacier FarmMedia brands include The Western Producer, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, AgDealer, Country Guide, Grainews and Canadian Cattlemen Magazine.

Farmers can access their Farmtario news online or through their mobile phones any time they like. They’ll also find it in their mailboxes on a biweekly basis beginning the week of April 30th.

“While many farmers still like to read a farm newspaper, we also know online sources are increasingly popular and in fact, necessary for staying up to date in this rapidly changing world,” said Farmtario editor John Greig.

Greig, a seasoned journalist with an in-depth understanding of Ontario agriculture, leads an editorial team committed to providing a comprehensive package of timely news and analysis, production insights and technology developments that support informed decision-making on the farm.

He has the backing of Canada’s largest agricultural publisher with its network of 50 journalists focused on agriculture, a combination that adds to the depth Farmtario can provide on issues of importance to farmers.

“We see a bright future for Ontario agriculture and we’re proud to announce Farmtario will be part of it,” said Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox.

Check out Farmtario at www.farmtario.com

For more information, contact:
John Greig, Editor, Farmtario 519-852-7820

Bob Willcox , President Glacier FarmMedia 204-944-5751

 


 

Western Canada’s first outdoor farm show launches in July

A major new demonstration-focused outdoor farm show, Western Canada’s first, has been announced for this July 21-23 near Saskatoon.

The show, called Ag in Motion, will be held annually in July on 320 acres on Highway 16 near Langham, Saskatchewan. Ag in Motion will be operated by Glacier FarmMedia, Canada’s largest farm publisher and owner of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, the country’s largest outdoor farm show held every year near Woodstock, Ontario.

Rob O’Connor, formerly manager of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina and manager of Manitoba’s Provincial Exhibition in Brandon, has been hired as show director. O’Connor says Ag in Motion will be the first show in Western Canada where companies can demonstrate machinery, seed and crop protection products to their customers, in an outdoor setting.

“This was an opportunity for me to start a unique new show from scratch,” O’Connor says. “Our goal is to empower agricultural producers by providing exhibitors a place to showcase new innovations and technologies in machinery, crops and livestock, literally in the field.”

O’Connor says several major company exhibitors have already signed up for Ag in Motion, which will be able to take advantage of the management resources of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. “Their expertise and track record of producing a high quality, professional outdoor show will be very useful in helping us prepare this new event,” O’Connor says.

Jonathon Kennedy, president and CEO of Glacier Media, says the new show is an ideal complement to its successful agricultural division Glacier FarmMedia, which includes Western Producer, Manitoba Co-operator, Grainews, Country Guide, Alberta Farmer Express and Le Bulletin des agriculteurs, as well as Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

“We’re pleased to deepen our commitment to Canadian agriculture by creating an exciting new opportunity for our customers to showcase and experience the latest in agricultural innovations and technologies.”

For more information:Rob O’Connor, show director
(306) 550-4890
[email protected]

Doug Wagner, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show
(519) 584-5561
[email protected]