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CONTACT JOEL PERU AT:
Joel is the Farm and Field Manager for Discovery Farm Langham, where he provides oversight of day-to-day operations and manages relationships with partners. Discovery Farm brings together producers, industry, academics, and Government to share knowledge and experience. “Discovery Farm is where producers can learn about sustainable and profitable practices,” Joel says. “It’s a privilege working with our partners, demonstrating innovative technology and practices in projects such as Field of Excellence, and working alongside the largest farm show in western Canada.”
Peru grew up in Saskatoon but spent his summers working on his grandparents’ 4,000-acre grain farm in southwest Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, majoring in agronomy and a minor in agribusiness. Before joining Discovery Farm Langham, Peru was an irrigation agrologist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. In 2019, he received the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for an innovative virtual crop-walk program and in 2020, was named Young Agrologist of the Year by the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. “As an Agrologist and someone with family roots in farming, seeing my work contribute to Saskatchewan producer’s success is truly a humbling feeling.”
Joel views Discovery Farm as a hub for showcasing the hard work and ambition of the agriculture industry in Western Canada. “There is constantly new information and innovative technology becoming available that will encourage sustainability and profitability of crop production,” Joel says. “Discovery Farm partners with the biggest innovators in the industry. My role is to make sure producers are provided with demonstrations and information that will help decision-making on their operations.
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.”
CONTACT BLAKE AT:
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.”
Lynda is the Executive Vice President and Publisher of Glacier FarmMedia and is responsible for business and partnership development at Discovery Farm. “We have partners across the ag sector looking to test and demonstrate new products and methods. Discovery Farm is a place where the industry can come together and collaborate to advance Canadian agriculture.”
Innovation and education is at the core of Discovery Farm. With marketing and advertising expertise honed during almost three decades in agriculture publishing, Lynda knows how partnerships developed for Discovery Farm improves the success of producers and enhance strategic planning for ag companies and educational institutions. “This initiative cuts across the entire ag sector,” Lynda says. “We actually plant on a large scale where farmers can see how it would work on their land. These are real world results. If farmers are going to adopt, you have to demonstrate. Farmers and their success is at the core of what we do.”
Partnering with Glacier FarmMedia ensures the work at Discovery Farm won’t go unnoticed. The initiative not only showcases the latest technology and best practices firsthand producers, it also helps expand the knowledge for producers across Canada. “For us, it draws all of our operations together,” Lynda says. “You see the projects firsthand at Discover Farm, you can read about it through the growing season in our publications, and you can get all the results at the end of it. We’re making the information as widely accessible to Canadian farmers as possible.”
CONTACT DOWN TO EARTH AG RESEARCH AT:
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.