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Tiffin Conference back to inform about the ever-changing beef industry

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Agriculture industry experts, producers and students are getting lesson on current issues and trends in the beef industry this January at the 19th annual Tiffin Conference.


On Jan. 18 at the Lethbridge Lodge, this uniquely southern Alberta event, which is administered by the Lethbridge College each year through the Ronald Tiffin Agricultural Endowment Fund is returning once again to help provide a full day of world-class learning opportunities from information sessions and guest speakers established within the industry.
“There are many other conferences within the area that focus on the technical aspects of agriculture and do it really well,” says Kathy Waddell, the Tiffin Conference Coordinator. “With the Tiffin Conference, we decided to go a different route and in bring in more speakers from across North America and sometimes even international to talk about what’s going on around the world with agriculture because it really is such a small world now, and something going on in agriculture in China could very well be affecting people in the industry here in Alberta.”
The conference was established after an endowment was left to the Lethbridge College by Ronald W. Tiffin.
He spent his life working within the agriculture, grain and livestock production industries within southern Alberta offers an inimitable platform which over three hundred and fifty people take advantage of each year.
With an impeccable line-up of guest speakers and information sessions, the day starts off at 11:30 a.m. with a mix and mingle lunch before diving right in to the presentations; which this year features a strong roster of four speakers on different matters within both the red meat and the entire agriculture industry. The first speaker, Elaine Froese from Manitoba, is set to take to the stage to discuss farm succession and transition planning from a family perspective, before Cheryl Nagel and then Joe Schwarcz from McGill University each give their own presentations.
With coffee breaks, cocktails and supper offered in between, the day ends off with a final presentation from speaker Greg Peterson of ‘The Peterson Brothers’ and his topic of a young farmer encouraging peers to advocate for agriculture into the future.
“At the conference, we really focus on bringing in world-class speakers to talk about different trends and issues within the industry,” says Waddell. “It’s open to anybody attending that has an interest in it, we get everyone from banking industry professionals to government workers, post-secondary students and industry workers, so it’s really a wide range of people that are coming out to attend each year.”
This conference which has limited seating and quickly sells out on an annual basis, has people coming from not only Lethbridge but surrounding areas within southern Alberta as far as Taber to be a part of the learning experience and step up to the challenge of reconsidering current issues and trends while making business decisions in the red meat industry. However, it’s not only industry professionals that benefit from this conference but Lethbridge College Agriculture science students and even some University of Lethbridge students as well.
“It’s mandatory for students in the Agriculture Science programs at Lethbridge College to attend this conference each year. There have been years where we’ve had students from the University come as well, with the invitation always open for interested students to attend if they want.”
The conference which is made available each year with the help of many sponsors from the Lethbridge College, the County of Lethbridge and Alberta Beef Producers to AFSC and KPMG, sells individual tickets each year to interested members of the public for $115, groups of four tickets for $105 each and groups of eight tickets for $100 each. Tickets are limited as there are only three hundred and seventy five tickets available, including students from the College.
 To learn more about the conference lineup and ticket info, one can visit the Tiffin conference page on the Lethbridge College website at: https://lethbridge college.ca/tiffinconference

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