Speaker to discuss effect of global economy on agriculture

Farmers are affected by more than local weather patterns and growing conditions. The demands of consumers half a world away can impact their operations. Understanding Global Influences: Keeping Alberta Competitive, is the theme for AgChoices 2012, a one-day conference scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street in Red Deer.

Farmers are affected by more than local weather patterns and growing conditions. The demands of consumers half a world away can impact their operations.

Understanding Global Influences: Keeping Alberta Competitive, is the theme for AgChoices 2012, a one-day conference scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street in Red Deer.

Among the presenters will be Brett Harris, a longtime journalist and original member of CTV’s Business News Network. He’ll discuss the impact of the global economy on Agriculture in Alberta.

Also speaking will be Andrew Heintzman, president of environmental sector investment firm Investeco Capital and chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel in Ontario. Heintzman will talk about the impact of a self-sufficient Canadian economy on agriculture in Alberta.

A panel discussion on global market impacts is also planned. And there will be information sessions on topics ranging from protecting water sources and energy management to marketing wheat and barley outside of the Canadian Wheat Board.

Cost to attend AgChoices 2012 is $95 per person or $75 for members of the same family or farm business. Students can register for $45 for students. Lunch, conference materials and GST are included in the registration fee.

For more information about AgChoices 2012 or how to register, call the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Ag-Info Centre at 1-800-387-6031 or go online to www.agriculture.alberta.ca/agchoices.

Held annually, AgChoices is sponsored by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.