Lethbridge hosts young farmers’ conference

February 2, 2019 by  

Agriculture may often thought of as an old man’s game, but a Lethbirdge conference is looking to help young farmers get ahead in the business.

The Ignite summit is presented by Farm Credit Canada and is part of an initiative to engage the next generation of farmers. Attendance is free, and anyone in agriculture or “agribusiness” under 40 is welcome. The goal of the event is to provide education and skills development.

The speakers will include entrepreneur Stuart Knight, futurist Jesse Hirsh, Steeped Tea president Tonia Jahshan, and psychologist Amir Georges Sabongui, who works on issues related to business stress. Interested parties are encouraged to register in advance, as spot are limited. Other Ignite events are being held across the country, from Chatham, Ontario to Moncton, New Brunswick.

In addition to the speakers, Farm Credit is advertising the chance to network with other young entrepreneurs. Business cards and letterheads are likely to be useful, showing that succeeding in agriculture today requires marketing and technological know-how.

Today, crop rotation and coding can go hand in hand when it comes to creating a successful business. Farm Credit is a Crown corporation that aims to provide education, financing, and other assistance to farmers and other agricultural entrepreneurs across Canada.

Ignite will be held during the day next Wednesday, February 6 at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Lethbridge.