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We are proud to present our third annual Teachers’ Agriculture Education Symposium on
November 18, 2020 – virtually of course! We are looking forward to a great day of learning, and gaining
insights in the agriculture sector in Alberta and beyond.
From local best practices in sustainable crop and livestock production, to the role of entrepreneurship
and innovation in achieving global food security, our line-up of renowned experts and farm operators are
ready to engage, educate, and inspire you to bring agriculture to life in the classroom.

Join us on NOVEMBER 18, 2020

A professional development day designed to engage, inspire and educate.

Insights in Agriculture: Feeding TODAY with TOMORROW in sight

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Our expert panel of session speakers will gather to share and discuss their insights on topics from the day, led by your questions, comments and queries.

Contact our Education Specialist Nancy Kelner at nkelner@agricultureforlife.ca to submit student questions in advance.

Insights in Agriculture

-   Feeding Today, with Tomorrow In Sight   -

8:30am

Welcome!

Ag for Life, Alberta representative for Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, is proud to present our third annual Teachers’ Agriculture Education Symposium – virtually of course!

8:45-9:30

Keynote Address:

Dr. Megan Racey…   AKA “The Nutrition Babe”

Dr. Racey will discuss critical concepts in youth science literacy and critical thinking strategies, particularly as they relate to perceptions of agriculture, food, and nutrition. A champion of our Canadian agri-food sector, she will speak to the current state of public trust in the industry and address common trends and misconceptions about our food systems.

Click HERE to learn more.

9:30-10:20

Alberta Ag 101: What’s Growing in the Field?

Join our select group of crop production experts and producers for an overview of the diverse crop production sector in Alberta. Presenters will discuss best practices and production methods common in crop production, highlighting several of our Alberta producers to illustrate their commitments to sustainably growing a plentiful, safe, and healthful food supply for Alberta and beyond!

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10:20-10:35

Break

10:35-11:20

Feeding the Future: Emerging Technologies in Agriculture

Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida

Dr. Folta will address the role of emerging technologies in achieving the goal of sustainably feeding the world.  From new advancements in biotechnology, to big data, to robotics and automation, learn how the challenges of modern agriculture can be met and mitigated with innovative practices and technologies.

 

Click HERE to learn more.

11:20-12:00

Food Extremes: The Paradox of Food Insecurity and Food Waste

Modesta N Abugu, Cornell Alliance for Science

In the session, Modesta will discuss the paradoxical issues of food insecurity and food loss/waste, and their respective causes and impacts on our global and local communities. She will share how access to innovative practices and technologies can bring about change, and how we as consumers and educators can be part of the solution.

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12:00-12:40

Lunch

12:40-1:30

Alberta Ag 101:  What’s Grazing in the Field?

Join our select group of animal agriculture experts and producers for an overview of the diverse livestock sector in Alberta. Presenters will discuss best practices in animal agriculture, highlighting several of our Alberta producers and their commitments to high standards of animal care and environmental sustainability, as they produce quality proteins and animal by-products for Alberta and beyond!

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1:30-2:00

Agriculture in the Classroom

“The Farm” students and educators

Get a glimpse into the inner workings of “The Farm”,an innovative education model integrating academic curriculum with hands-on, student led projects in food production and agriculture.

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2:00-2:15

Break

Growing Opportunities in Ag: Alternatives and Entrepreneurship

Keith Driver, CEO Enterra Feed Corp.

Keith will discuss the opportunities in agricultural entrepreneurship and share his experiences developing sustainable alternative agriculture operations. Enterra Feed is one of the largest producers of insect-based ingredients from Black Soldier Fly larvae.  EarthRenew is a producer of high-value organic fertilizers produced by upcycling livestock manures. Other ventures include Rocky Mountain Shrimp Farm and AeroFodder. 

Click HERE to learn more.

2:15-3:00

3:00-3:30

Growing InSight: Expert Panel Q&A

Don’t miss this valuable chance for educators and select students to ask your burning questions about agriculture and food production! Our expert panel of session speakers will gather to share and discuss their insights on topics from the day, led by your questions, comments, and queries.

 

Contact Education Specialist Nancy Kelner at nkelner@agricultureforlife.ca to submit student questions in advance.

Join us for a day of LEARNING and GROWING.

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AITC-AB is a proud member of AITC-Canada.

Along with 9 other provincial teams we are delivering educational programs and resources that engage, empower, and inspire students to care about food and the people who produce it.

Learn more at www.aitc-canada.ca.