Vancouver Island farmers will be converging at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds Feb. 12-13 for the Islands Agriculture Show.

Vancouver Island farmers will be converging at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds Feb. 12-13 for the Islands Agriculture Show.

Islands Agriculture Show gearing up for Feb. 12-13

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Islands Agriculture Show at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds in Duncan.

  • Dec. 28, 2015 11:00 a.m.

The Ministry of Agriculture is reminding people on Vancouver Island to mark their calendars for the 2016 Islands Agriculture Show, which takes place Feb. 12 and 13, this year at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds in Duncan.

Says the IAS web site, “The Islands Agriculture Show is the only agricultural trade show and conference serving the farm and food community on Vancouver Island, Coast and Gulf Islands.”

It brings together farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations equipment dealers, service providers and the general public, providing “a venue for participants to learn, connect and engage.”

The agriculture show includes conference, trade show and family activities. Admission to the trade show is $5; to conference sessions, $15.

At the trade show there will be over 60 exhibitors, including booths showing “the latest in farm equipment, as well as professional services and programs for farmers of every size and sector.”

IAS’s conference is billed as a “regional learning event, which offers 16 educational workshops from farm business planning to agronomy and funding programs. The program offers sessions for farmers of all levels.”

The keynote speaker at this year’s IAS will be John Cranfield, professor and department chair of Food Economics and Marketing at the University of Guelph.

“A noted expert on the economics of food, John appeared on an episode of TVO’s The Agenda on ‘Feeding the World 2050’, and has testified before the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Canadian Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry,” notes the IAS web site.

The conference schedule is posted at iashow.ca/conference.html. It includes sessions on consumer behaviour, market trends, food processing, water management, and taxation.

“The Islands Agriculture Show features a two-day conference, offering learning opportunities for farmers large and small,” says the IAS site. “This regional learning event features 10 educational workshops with compelling speakers.”

There will also be a Farm Tour & Panel about Developing Water Storage on Your Farm. “This tour and panel session will describe what’s involved in creating and using water storage on your farm,” says the description. “It will help you determine whether water storage is a good option for your operation and if so, how to move from concept to action.”

More information at iashow.ca.