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Kaitlyn is the Business Development and Operations Specialist for Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm, where she assists in identifying opportunities and developing and executing strategic and business plans. Discovery Farm strives to facilitate creative partnerships that fulfill the vision and mission of Discovery Farm. “Discovery Farm is where farmers, industry, and consumers can come together to learn from each other,” Kaitlyn says. “It is an honour to work with the entire agriculture supply chain to better the industry.”
Kitzan grew up on her family’s grain and cattle operation in East Central Saskatchewan where she is still actively involved. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness degree. In 2016 and 2019, Kaitlyn represented Canadian Agriculture on Junior Team Canada trade missions to China and Peru. Her understanding and passion for agriculture has helped her showcase Discovery Farm through a farmer lens and her network within the agriculture industry has allowed her to create meaningful partnerships for Discovery Farm.
Discovery Farm has a goal to engage farmers and industry partners throughout the year. “Discovery Farm is a destination for agriculture, a place where the agriculture industry can gather to learn and network,” Kaitlyn says. “At Discovery Farm we do two things: host amazing events and conduct publicly and privately funded research. My role is to ensure we develop a sustainable model so we can provide knowledge transfer opportunities for farmers for many years to come.”
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Blake is the Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Director of Research & Demonstration, where he oversees how field trials are designed and implemented. Every growing season presents new challenges and the Discovery Farm is the place to find practical solutions. “I grew up on a farm and I appreciate the real challenges farmers deal with,” Blake says. “At the Discovery Farm we can be very responsive to the prevailing issues farmers are facing. We can address all kinds of questions or practices across the crop production cycle.”
Blake is a Master’s graduate from the College of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan and the Agriculture Research chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Blake and his team always have the practical aspects of field trials in mind when conducting research. “When the farmer sees the results and it interests them, we encourage them to validate it on their farm,” Blake says. “Our trails are intentionally conducted at the field-scale using commercial equipment, so that the results are meaningful to producers and practices can be readily implemented.”
For Blake, the Discovery Farm is a place where novel practices or products are validated and results are meant to stimulate agronomic conversations. “We have the ability to absorb a greater amount of risk than the average producer might have,” Blake says. “While using good stewardship practices, farmers want to maximize their return on every acre of land. They don’t always have the ability to experiment on their farm. We have the ability to play around at the Discovery Farm. Farmers can take what we learn and test it out themselves.”
Alexandra is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm. Stemming from a background in public relations and a passion for our prairie community, Alexandra is proud to communicate meaningful information to the public surrounding all that is taking place at Discovery Farm.
Alexandra’s role involves marketing strategy development, communication planning and media relations. She graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2018 with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations. Since then, she became actively involved on two committees with Ducks Unlimited Canada and sits on the Ducks Unlimited Saskatchewan Provincial Council in pursuit of positively influencing Saskatchewan’s agricultural landscape along with Canadian habitat.
“The important research taking place in collaboration with a variety of industry partners is truly the heart of Discovery Farm,” said Alexandra. “The enthusiasm we have for what’s happening on-site shines through in all of our communication efforts to help engage farmers where it will be most beneficial to them. We aspire to see Discovery Farm as a hub of farmer-led research that impacts the future of agriculture across Western Canada.”
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Down to Earth Ag Research Inc. is an agricultural research company based in Saskatchewan focusing on third party field scale testing of agricultural products. Their uniqueness comes from trial testing methods similar to those of small plot but tested on a larger scale managed by their own professional team and equipment. A sample of the services they offer include: comprehensive treatment evaluations, detailed mapping, multiple soil nutrient testing, drone imagery, and many other customized protocol evaluations to meet all metrics required by the clientele. Down to Earth Ag Research Inc. strives to generate solid third-party data on agricultural products tested and maintained in conditions parallel to those of Western Canadian crop production practices. Down to Earth Ag Research Inc. is a strategic partner with Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Langham managing industry led projects.
The team consists of Dean Streisel, Founder and CEO of Down to Earth Ag Research Inc. Dean has his B.Sc. in Agribusiness with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Saskatchewan. He also brings 10 years of work experience including a vast experience around field trials conducted with numerous industry partners. Dean’s experience managing both small plot and large plot trial designs paved the way for the design of Down to Earth Ag Research Inc. Jay Streisel, Equipment and Application Manager brings five years of experience as a territory sales representative and B.Sc. in Agribusiness with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Kayleigh Banga, Articling Technical Agrologist, Agronomist brings sales agronomist experience as well as a Diploma in Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan.