Monday, 25 January 2016

Digital Futures 2016 Coming Soon on March 9 & 10

The Van Horne Institute is pleased to host its next Digital Futures symposium on March 9 & 10, 2016 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Launched in the fall of 2013, Digital Future meetings and symposia have become must-attend events in Canada for rural municipal leaders and decision makers responsible for broadband enablement in their communities.

Digital Futures 2016 topics to be covered, include:
  • Rural Broadband
  • The 'Digital Communities' community portal
  • Wireless Policy
  • The CRTC's Basic Telecommunications Services Public Hearing
  • And more

Date & Time: March 8, 2016 - 7:00 pm to March 10, 2016 - 12:00 pm
Location: Medicine Hat Lodge, 1051 Ross Glen Drive S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta

This event will be held in conjunction with the Local to Global Forum that is hosted by the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor, which will be held on March 10 & 11, 2016.

You are invited to register to attend both the Symposium and the Forum or to attend the two events separately.

Registration is available by clicking here.

Medicine Hat College with the Palliser Economic Partnership will be hosting a Pre-event Networking Session at the Medicine Hat College Library from 6 - 9 on March 8.  Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will provided.  Arrangements are being made to provide a shuttle between the Lodge and the College.

A room block has been made at the venue location, which is the Medicine Hat Lodge, 1051 Ross Glen Drive S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta.  A room rate of $129.99 + tax is give and includes a hot breakfast.  Call 1-800-661-8095  or visit for more info.

Please contact Bryndis Whitson at or 403-220-2114 for further information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Connecting the Field to the Internet Seminar

We welcome you to attend the Seminar - Agriculture 4.0: Connecting the Field to the Internet presented by Dr. Scott Shearer; Professor and Chair, Ohio State University, Dept. of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering.

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
University of Guelph School of Engineering
Thornbrough Building, Room 1307

There is no cost, or registration required to attend, however in-person space is limited. A Webcast option is available and connection instructions can be found below.

Seminar Topic
Understanding "Big Data" and the "IoT" (Internet of Things) will be increasingly important for crop production professionals as we move into the fourth revolution of agriculture.   Scott will include discussion of impacts of historical changes in equipment weight and design and how it is exceeding the capacity of the land to support it and with climate change, soil health and other factors is likely to lead to adoption of smaller autonomous equipment. Scott will address this session from the standpoint of crop production, soils, engineering, and policy implications that the academic, extension and policy communities should have on their radar.

Speaker Overview
Dr. Scott A. Shearer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University.  His current and past research efforts focus on spectral and spatial image processing for classifying agricultural settings, controls and methodologies for metering and spatial distribution of inputs (seed, fertilizer and chemicals) for grain crop production, and autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems.

Scott is one of our speakers for the FarmSmart Ag Conference ( on Saturday January 23nd at the University of Guelph.  Scott is available to join us on Friday and we are taking the opportunity to have him speak to OMAFRA staff, University Faculty and Industry Partners on Friday January 22nd at 3:30pm, in University of Guelph Thornbrough Building Room 1307

Webcast Information
Those of you who are unable to attend in person can use the following instructions to participate by webcast via Adobe Connect:

To be a participant of this presentation as a webinar please go to:

Remote people will enter the room as a ' guest ' and just need to type in their name.