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Sprouting Success: Innovation through Progressive Practice

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Harvest Eatery, Shaunavon SK, April 5, 2023

The second instalment of the Sprouting Success put on by Affinity Credit Union, Ag-West Bio and Global Agri-Food Advancement Partnership was held on April 5th at the Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon, Sk. It was a sold out event with a majority of the guests in attendance being primary producers.

The panel consisted of Tyler Wilson of Tpot Farms Ltd, Aaron Fahselt, an owner of F4 Agronomy, and Cody Glenn an owner of Southline Ag, with Amy Carruthers of Ag-West Bio moderating the panel.

The night started with networking and a beer tasting from Rafter R Brewing CO out of Maple Creek followed by a 3 course meal made by Harvest Eatery. Garrett "Rusty" Thienes

Susan Jorgensen, Program and Partnerships Manager, GAAP attended the event came back with quite a few takeaways.

"Sprouting Success Shaunavon was an evening of engaging conversation, fantastic food, and great community. The sold-out crowd enjoyed samples from Rafter R Brewing Co. while owner Ryan Moncrief shared his passion and vast knowledge of craft beer. The program featured a panel of progressive local producers discussing their approach to Innovation through Progressive Practices. Moderated by Amy Carruthers, the panelists shared challenges they have faced, technical details of innovative practices they have adopted (or ditched), and humorous stories of past “learning opportunities”. The approachable nature of the conversation encouraged great audience participation with questions ranging from broad opinions to specific technical advice. I was impressed by the consistently insightful answers, clearly backed by knowledge and experience. It was a great reminder of the world-class experts living and producing food right here in Saskatchewan."

Amy Carruthers comments "The sprouting success speaker series hit the road in early April to visit Shaunavon Saskatchewan. Farmers and entrepreneurs from Shaunavon and surrounding area filled every seat in Harvest Eatery for another sold out event! The three panelists talked about Innovation through progressive practices. They discussed tools to combat drought, the benefits and challenges of biologicals and the importance of research and development of improved crop varieties for southern Saskatchewan. The Sprouting Success Committee is looking forward to hosting our next event at Ag in Motion on Tuesday, July 18th."

Our Affinity Credit Union partners "The Affinity members mentioned that they were quite happy to be invited and that the evening was a great event to be part of. The panel discussion speakers were all very knowledgeable, spoke very well and appeared to work well with each other. The discussion topics were very relevant and thought provoking." Follow along for news about the next instalment on July 18th, of the Sprouting Success Series!

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