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Cypress Conference

March 12, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Medicine Hat Exhibition Grounds – Higdon Hall

Conference Evaluation


Time Presenter Topic


Registration & Tradeshow



Rob Dunn

Local glyphosate research


Tim Romanow

Water quality – Milk River


Break & Tradeshow



Tom Jensen

Nutrient management following drought


Kelly Cooley

Invasive plants


Lunch & Tradeshow



Lisa Kowalchuk

A Unified Voice for Agriculture


Mike Gretzinger

Regional silage trial


Break & Tradeshow



Ken Coles

Build a biobed


Jan Slaski

Hemp & CBDs

Approved CEUs:

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA)
Nutrient Management: 0.5
Soil & Water Management: 1
Integrated Pest Management: 0.5
Crop Management: 2

Certified Crop Science Consultants (CCSC)
Crop Management: 1
Integrated Pest Management: 0.5
Professional Development: 2.5
Stewardship & Sustainability: 0.5

Pesticide Applicator
Environment: 2


Rob Dunn, P.Ag., FarmWise Inc.

Rob is owner of FarmWise Inc., based in Lethbridge, where he provides research and cropping system expertise to farmer clients and producer groups.  Prior to 2015 he served 29 years with Alberta Agriculture in various specialist roles related to extension, cropping systems, soil management and land use. 


Presenting results from a farmer directed three-year study evaluating glyphosate soil residue impacts on crop productivity at three southern Alberta farms that use low disturbance disk-type planting systems on fields with a long no-till history (>20 years).

Mike Gretzinger, Farming Smarter

Mike Gretzinger, Farming Smarter Research Coordinator, is the small plot guy with a big heart. He coordinates protocols, seeding, spraying, data collection, pictures, harvest and data processing for the small plot trials, research contracts and demonstration projects.


In 2019 Farming Smarter collaborated with research associations across Alberta to conduct regional silage trials. Silage trials conducted in Lethbridge included barley, oats, triticale and mixes.

Tom Jensen, PhD Agronomy, PAg, CCA

Tom is a soil instructor at the University of Lethbridge and an agronomist for Down to Earth Labs, Lethbridge, AB. His work includes research, extension and on-farm agriculture retail. He served on the Prairie Provinces and International Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) exam committees. He grew up on a mixed, irrigated farm in southern Alberta.


What do you expect to have for plant available nutrients in your soil after the dry crop year of 2019? You may notice that the main nutrient highest in availability is nitrogen, but you may not see much difference in phosphorus, potassium and sulfur availability. Why not? Tom will explain and advise how to adjust your fertilizer applications for the 2020 crop year.

Kelly Cooley, CoolPro Solutions

Kelly Cooley established CoolPro Solutions Environmental Consulting in 2010. He finds collaborative solutions to ecological challenges through reasoned consideration, inclusive discussion, and practical grassroots action.

His client base encompasses provincial and municipal governments and programs as well as provincial and federal non-profit organizations. He is also a certified trainer for Alberta Environment’s Pesticide Certification Assistant Applicator and Alberta Agriculture’s Farmer Pesticide Applicator Programs.

Kelly served as President of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen (AAAF) and as a Director for the North American Weed Management Association (NAWMA) 2004-2008. He also served with many local/regional/provincial/national/international agencies, organizations, and community-based partnerships dedicated to sustainable land & water management practices.

Lisa Kowalchuk, Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

Lisa is the Chamber’s Executive Director and served on various local, provincial and national committees including the provincial and national Chamber of Commerce policy committees and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee.
Her current position provides Lisa an opportunity to put her strength and passion to work to connect and support the business community through partnerships, networks, resources, programs and through their influence. She uses her passion and knowledge to influence meaningful change.
Her experience includes many roles within Canadian chamber organizations and she holds several awards related to her work.

This session will provide an overview of what the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce does for ag and the unified messages they give to government. It represents well over 800 businesses locally, over 25,000 provincially and over 200,000 nationally. As a Chamber of Commerce, it can bring industries together across all sectors with a common message and much stronger voice for advocacy to influence meaningful change.
Acting as a link between business and government and business to consumer, it has a unique advantage to create opportunities, connections and messaging.  This creates impacts on things like employment standards and labour laws. It has voiced the importance of agriculture education in classrooms and improvements to various government regulations and programs, including risk management programs.

Tim Romanow, Milk River Watershed Council

Tim Romanow became Milk River Watershed Council (MRWCC) Executive Director in 2011.  His work focuses on finding common ground on polarized or challenging issues. He believes we must celebrate and share the stories of good stewardship with our agricultural landscapes by our farming and ranching community.

Tim’s career includes Assistant Agricultural Fieldman and conservation extension specialist with Cardston County’s Sustainable Agriculture Program; Parks Canada Waterton Lakes National Park invasive species control program and ecosystem monitoring.
Tim holds a BSc Environmental Science and diplomas in Renewable Resource Management and Fish &Wildlife Technology.


This presentation will take us through the Milk River history and its recent challenges and offer a better understanding of how we can flip the narrative. The MRWCC facilitates actions through research, monitoring, stewardship and education to find common ground on solutions and tell that good news story for producers.

Ken Coles, Farming Smarter

Ken Coles is the fearless leader at Farming Smarter. He received a Chemistry Degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters of Science, Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. He joined the Southern Applied Research Association and created Farming Smarter – Alberta’s leading crop research institution.


Surface water contamination by pesticides can occur from pesticide handling areas on farms, spills and equipment washing. On-farm pesticide rinsate biobeds remove pesticide residues from sprayer rinsate. Ken will review components, construction and use of these systems.

Jan Slaski, InnoTech Alberta

Jan J. Slaski is a Principal Researcher with the Ecosystems and Plant Sciences Unit of InnoTech Alberta, Vegreville, Alberta. He spent the last 18 years leading research around breeding and introducing hemp varieties that suit the needs of industries using fibre, grain and cannabinoid-laden crop residues. To fully realize the potential of these crops and assure whole crop utilization, Jan started a program that offers solutions from Seed to Final Product and includes three domains: breeding/agronomy, analyses/processing and product development. In 2012, he became a Director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. His education includes a M.Sc. in agronomy from the Warsaw Agricultural University and a Ph.D. from the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Poland.


This presentation will focus on the development of industrial hemp as a genuine multipurpose crop for food, fibre, cannabinoids (i.e. CBD) and feed. The discussion will include particulars of selection of a suitable field, seeding practices including variety selection, nitrogen fertilization, major pest and diseases, and effects of environmental and management factors affecting crop performance. Canada’s hemp industry grew by 20-30% on an annual basis over the last several years. Demand for grain for health food products and cosmetics drove booming growth. Emerging needs for environmentally friendly fibre-based products contributed to the growth.  The Cannabis Act introduced in October 2018 permits whole utilization of industrial hemp including flowers, leaves and chaff. This presents new opportunities for the crop.


March 12, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
2055-21st Avenue SE, PO Box 1298
Medicine Hat,, T1A 7N1
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(403) 527-1234
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