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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show gets new owners
Glacier Media Inc. has acquired Canada’s Outdoor Shows Limited which runs Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and Canada’s Outdoor Equine Expo.

The Vancouver-based company is also behind the Western Producer, Manitoba Co-Operator, Le Bulletin, Country Guide and many other agricultural publications.

According to both companies, the change will help expand the reach of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show internationally. “At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show this year, we realized that the world was interested in Canadian agriculture and our commitment to showcasing new technologies and innovations.

In order for us to take things to the next level, we needed to merge with an organization whose resources can help us push those boundaries even more,” says Lorie Jocius, president of Canada’s Outdoor Shows.

The COFS team will exhibit at Agritechnica in Germany in November, the world’s largest agricultural machinery show, in order to seek out the newest European technologies and to promote Canadian agriculture to international markets.

Corn and soybean trial webinar – Dec 9
Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting a webinar for farmers to have the chance to hear from the experts on the results of the Ontario Hybrid Corn Trials and the Ontario Soybean Performance Trials. Tune in on December 9 to hear about the trials results and how these results can be applied to your own farm to ensure you get the most out of your variety selection. Featured speakers include Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs extension experts Horst Bohner and Greg Stewart.

The webinar format allows for timely distribution of the important yield data to ensure farmers have the best, unbiased information possible when making their seed decisions for 2012. Email info@gfo.ca to sign up for the seminar. •

Take a trip with IFAO
The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario is hosting a bus trip in January for farmers interested in learning more about several innovative companies in the US. The trip leaves from Woodstock and Reeces Corners and runs from January 3 to 6, 2012. The cost for farmers is $375.

Stops include a visit to Calmer Corn Heads in Illinois for a seminar on narrow corn row systems, a tour of the Komatsu Plant in Peoria, a tour of the National Soybean Research Lab – the largest soybean research facility in the US and a stop at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers in Michigan. For more information, visit www.ifao.com or call 519-986-3560.

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