Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada recently held their fifth annual canolaPALOOZA at the Lacombe Research and Development Centre.
The event, which highlights canola, is billed as, ‘The agronomy event of the summer’, and is intended to answer and questions farmers may have on planting canola.
Rick Taillieu, manager of grower relations and extension for Alberta Canola, said they have brought in over 145 researches, agronomists and industry experts this year.
“There are 26 learning stations and it is set up in a format where the people that come travel through the stations like a tradeshow and they get expert answers to any question they have,” he said. “That is anything from seeding canola; managing diseases, insects and weeks; to harvesting, storage and grading.”
The impetus for canolaPALOOZA came after Alberta Canola noticed they had several smaller events held throughout the province. By putting it all into one, they are able to attract greater numbers — with over 800 people expected this year
“We began to realize that farmers have trucks and they are willing to drive,” Taillieu said. “We have people from as far north as La Crete and as far south as Grassi Lakes, so by bringing in all the experts to one place — we can get all the information out in one place.
“Rather than just presenting information, it is actually about getting the answers to the questions the growers and agronomists have.”
The event has continued to grow since it’s inception.
“We started off with an idea and then we realized we can fit more people and now it has grown in magnitude where more and more speakers want to talk to people,” he said. “More and more people want to attend and we have increased the number of food trucks and activities.
“We have weather proofed our site to some extent with better tents and we have just tried to make it a fun day for everyone that comes.”
He added, “This is one of many events that Alberta Canola puts on throughout the year for farmers and canola enthusiasts and they can always find our events at albertacanola.com/events.