Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) will be holding its 109th Annual General Meeting & Convention June 5-7/22 at Prince of Wales Centre in Assiniboia, SK, with opening remarks from SSGA President Kelcy Elford and an address by the Honourable David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture.
“SSGA invites all livestock industry stakeholders to attend our first in-person event since 2019. Our event’s theme is our industry’s philosophy: The Power of Perseverance. Through planning, adaptation, community spirit and true grit, we overcome any challenge in agriculture,” SSGA President Kelcy Elford affirmed.
“Our three-day event agenda is focused on drought preparedness with sessions on irrigation, canola meal supplementation and satellite-based forage insurance solutions. We will also be featuring regional, national and global cattle market updates; the current costs of production; activism and public perception; virtual fencing research as well as a special presentation on the opportunities and challenges for growth in the processing sector along with a panel discussion,” Elford added.
“If you’re under 40, you qualify for a 20 per cent discount to register for the full conference,” said SSGA General Manager Chad MacPherson.
“Youth engagement is a priority we identified in our 2021 strategic plan. We know that engaging younger stakeholders as equal partners empowers us to identify and respond to our community’s needs better. Welcoming all perspectives supports an openness to change in how things are done. It increases the likelihood that our decisions are accepted, adopted and become part of our industry’s norm. Sharing a unified vision makes our efforts more impactful,” MacPherson added.
During the business session, delegates will vote on resolutions adopted at SSGA Zone meetings, elect a new executive and discuss policy directions from the producer’s perspective. Alongside the organization’s business and speaker presentations, SSGA will host an array of trade show exhibitors that will be delivering the latest products and services geared to the needs and interests of livestock operators; as well as scheduled networking breaks for attendees, guests and speakers to discuss industry issues one-on-one.
“We encourage all stock growers and our industry friends to attend. Our organization is strong in membership. We are founded on watching over legislation to forward the interests of livestock producers in every honourable and legitimate way. We’re getting back together again this June − after a long while apart − to discuss current issues, improve ag business conditions and examine requirements to make them more practical. We make things possible in our value chain by linking together,” Elford said. “See you there!”