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Agricultural Forum

The Halton Regional Agricultural Forum provides opportunity for farmers and farm-associated organizations to network and learn. Register for this great event.

The Halton Region Agricultural Forum brings together interested farmers and organizations to network, learn and share information about the needs of the agricultural community.

The 2018 Halton Region Agricultural Forum

With a world population of 9 billion estimated by 2050, Canada will face significant growth and increased export opportunities in the agriculture and food sectors. Significant investments are being made in Ontario to meet the global demand for food.

The 6th annual Agricultural Forum will focus on initiatives to help local farms and food businesses drive growth and innovation in these sectors.

6th Annual Agricultural Forum

This event is FREE.

Who should attend?

  • Farmers
  • Food processors
  • Agri-product processors
  • Related associations and organizations
  • Students
  • Entrepreneurs interested in agriculture and food industries

Featured topics, speakers and presentations

Speaker: Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and co-founder of the Arrell Food Institute

Presentation: Arrell Food Institute Presentation (PDF file)

The Arrell Food Institute works to transform global food systems and elevate Canada’s place within the global food economy. You will learn about current development initiatives at the Arrell Food Institute. Some of these initiatives include:

  • The use of big data in agriculture
  • The introduction of new crops
  • Application of machine learning
  • Resilience of high immune responder beef cattle

Speaker: Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager

Presentation: Halton Agri-Food Forum Presentation (PDF file)

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre offers a full complement of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new food and beverage products and processes. Learn how you can use these services and take advantage of unique educational opportunities such as wine making and craft brewing.

Speaker: Pam Charlton, Regional Program Lead

Presentation: Halton Soil and Crop Presentation (PDF file)

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) replaces Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative in the agri-food and agri-products sector, that encourages:

  • innovation
  • competitiveness and market development
  • adaptability
  • industry sustainability

Learn how you can take advantage of these and other cost-sharing opportunities.

Speaker: Stephanie Mazhari, Manager, Entrepreneurship Services

Presentation: Small Business Centre & Global Business Centre Agriculture Forum Presentation (PDF file)

Halton Region's Small Business Centre offers a comprehensive resource hub that includes the tools, training and expertise to help guide businesses. The Halton Global Business Centre provides valuable resources for small to mid-sized businesses interested in scaling up and exporting.

For more information, contact:

Anna DeMarchi-Meyers
Phone: 905-825-6000 ext. 7574