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Speaker: Emile deMilliano

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Probably one of the most engaging agronomic endeavors is to solve cropping problems in the field (crop diagnostics). Remove   your biases, take off your soil science or other specialty hat and walk into the field with an open mind. Agronomy is a very   diverse field, it’s part of what makes it exciting yet challenging. The learning never ends. With one huge uncontrollable variable, namely the weather, head scratching and hair loss are sometimes the result of taking on this challenge. In this workshop, you’ll learn proper methodology in doing crop diagnostics and learn how jumping to conclusions can cause more problems than it solves as we test you in some real-life crop diagnostic situations. Is there a place for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in crop diagnostics? We’ll engage in a discussion on artificial intelligence, what it is and whether it has an application in crop diagnostics. Looking forward to your participation in this workshop.
Speaker: Rigas Karamanos

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This session will involve discussion on Soil Fertility. Two key words: SOIL, which refers to all the unconsolidated material occupying the earth’s surface that provides a natural medium for plant growth. From an agronomic point of view, soil is the medium that supports the plant and largely determines its growth. As a result, the study of the soil’s functions and properties must be considered. FERTILITY, which is the ability of a soil to supply nutrients necessary for plant growth, in other words nutrient holding capacity. This will lead us to the discussion about soil from an agronomic point of view, as well as about its functions and properties that effect plat growth. Soil fertility must consider plant growth and the factors that affect it as well as the mechanisms of nutrient supply to the plants, which are also tied to nutrient availability. Therefore, from a soil perspective we need to consider the agronomic significance of soil physical, chemical and biological properties, such as soil clay mineral composition, organic matter, soil physical properties, soil water, soil aeration and temperature and soil reaction. The next step Is to determine crop needs and how all these soil properties contribute to soil fertility. Fertilization may be necessary to supply nutrients to plants to supplement soil fertility. Nutrient application should adhere to the 4R nutrient stewardship principle (right source applied at the right time, rate and place) so as fertilizer practices contribute to economic as well as environmental and social sustainability.

Speaker: Doug Lyall 

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Speaker: Jordan Fellner

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Speaker: Kimberly Precht 

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Mistakes in business can be costly, from a simple adding error to a breach of client data. It is important to recognize the legal ramifications of such errors and threats, and how to protect yourself against them, as well as to understand your coverage options for when mistakes occur or the unexpected happens. Most businesses and professionals have commercial liability and property coverage, but these policies were not designed to cover errors or omissions made by those in professional fields, pollution exposures, or to cover the complex risks associated with technology including data breaches, ransomware, and other cyber threats. It’s also important to ensure you have contracts in place with your clients, and that the wording in the contract protects you and your business. Join HUB International, Field Law, and their panel of insurance and risk management professionals to learn about the options available to members when it comes to addressing these risks. 
  Speaker: Keith Wilson
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Speaker: Stephen Kuntz

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No matter the science or technology, writing is the primary way we communicate it to others. Writing also tends to be a solitary activity. But this potentially unsociable action essentially begins and ends in a multitude of relational dynamics and is the main way we become aware of and develop our own thinking. For my own clarity, I have condensed the complex skills of writing to one word: relationships. This session will aid the participants in seeing the relationship between words, sentences, paragraphs, and ideas as well as between them and their audiences, purposes, and texts—with the goal of communicating more clearly and effectively.

Speaker: David Chanasyk 

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Speaker: Carol Gabanna 

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Mentoring… the art of imparting wise counsel.
Mentoring is sharing professional knowledge and wisdom by an experienced mentor with a less experienced mentee for the purpose of professional development. Whether you are currently taking part in the AIA Mentorship program, or are thinking of participating, this workshop will give you useful tools for making the most of mentoring. We will look at four potential focuses for mentoring, as identified in a recent survey of AIA members: career planning; technical/scientific exchange; network and relationship development and personal/professional development. We will explore preparation, communication and commitment as vital pieces of the mentor/mentee relationship.
Speaker: Dr. Brad Stelfox

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Speaker: Justin Straker

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The Alces Group will prepare and deliver a 3-hour session entitled A Technological Approach for Exploring the Interface between the Alberta’s Agriculture Sector and the Land Use Matrix for the 2019 AIA conference (Science and Technology: The Foundation of Agrology). This interactive session will focus on how cutting edge technology (Alces Online. can assist the agricultural sector in exploring the obstacles and opportunities that confront agriculture on a landscape matrix co-occupied by transportation, residential, forestry, energy sector, wildlife populations, and climate change. Using updated data within ALCES Online this presentation tracks historic land use practices in Alberta and projects a future landscape based on industry and government estimates of development for the energy, forestry, agricultural, mining, transportation, urban and rural residential sectors. The anthropogenic footprint in Alberta is not stationary, but growing at an exponential rate for many landuse variables. Relative to Alberta pre-industrial origin, the human population has grown by 4,000,000, agricultural lands have expanded by ~11,000,000 ha, grazing lands by 9,000,000 ha, anthropogenic landscapes (agricultural, residential, forestry, energy, transportation) have grown to occupy ~40% of the province, anthropogenic edge has grown from 0 to 1.7 km/km2, nutrient runoff in rivers has increased by ~300%, and several vertebrate species (grizzly bear, woodland caribou, wolves, sage grouse, swift fox, among others) have witnessed significant reductions in abundance and distribution. Although agriculture was the most influential landuse in driving landscape transformation during the 20th Century, its primacy as a landscape transformer during this century is being challenged by the magnitude and pace of the energy sector, forest sector, and human settlements. Relative to current levels, conservative estimates of landuse suggest that human populations, and the footprints associated with the energy sector, forest sector, and transportation will increase dramatically by the year 2100. The future ability of the landscape to provide appropriate levels of biological and physical services, production of water, hydrocarbon, wood, and agricultural resources, aesthetic appeal, and homes and infrastructure for people will largely be determined by how well society recognizes the cumulative effects of our land use practices, by whether society has the vision and fortitude to develop landscape plans that seek balance to the competing demands on this landscape, and the commitment by which these landscape plan are implemented. The historic growth in agricultural, forestry, energy, and residential sectors has been at the profound expense of natural capital such as water quantity, water quality, biotic carbon, wildlife populations, and landscape aesthetics. It is clear that sustainable resource management must recognize the foundational ecological goods and services provided by functioning ecosystems and encourage the internalization of natural capital variables into all decisions involving landuses.
Speaker: Lianne Lefsrud

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In this session, we will outline the basic principles of risk management: identifying the context, hazard identification and prioritization, analysis, evaluation, controls, monitoring and review, communication and consultation. Then, we will discuss some tools for hazard identification and prioritization, and control for topics of interest to AIA members.