Darrell Bricker from IPSOS reported on a topic near and dear to FarmLink’s heart: demographics and its impact on markets. He stated that more of the world is now over 65 than under 15. The female population is also increasingly getting higher. The fastest-growing population in Canada is immigrants. Overall, understanding demographic shifts within Canada and overseas is an important data point for planning for the future. His message: farmers that figure this out are going to be the successful farmers.
Scott Chalmers from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development discussed the results of intercropping on Manitoban plots and participating farms. The future of peaola, incorporating peas and canola, looks very promising. It is profitable, helps fight pests and weeds, promotes soil health and lowers fertilizer use. It fits in the model that consumers prefer for sustainable farming.
Zach Johnson, the Millennial Farmer, discussed common ground for farmers and urbanites. Together they are humanity. His advice to farmers is, be transparent and don’t preach. He commented that farmers are trendy and most consumers want to know more about farmers.
Grupo Vida International, a Mexican oat processor, was also present at CropConnect 2020. The company owns two operations in Canada, one in Alberta and one in Altona, Manitoba. Grupo Vida wants oats from Canada but they must be gluten and glyphosate free.
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