What a year it has been so far. Things are feeling pretty ‘normal’ at Ag-West Bio, after the past, strange pandemic years. We are busier than ever, with new team members, new ideas, and new partnerships. We are very happy to note that we have received funding for the next five years. Thank you to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture for entrusting us to continue with our important role in growing the province’s bioeconomy.

What we are up to:
Our spring ABIC Speaker Series featured Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor at the University of Florida and award-winning science communicator. Dr. Folta explored the benefits of biotechnology with The Biotech Explosion: Amazing Innovations in Agriculture and Medicine. Read more (and find a link to the video) in the post below.

The Knowledge Farm:
On March 9th we are partnering with Palette Skills to host a pitch night called Create. Compete. Commercialize. Participants will come up with viable agriculture technology business projects and funding strategies for their proposed ag-tech product or service. Finalists will pitch their innovation ideas to a panel of judges in front of a live audience for sponsored prizes! Learn more here.

On March 29th we will be “talking pot” at the Knowledge Farm in partnership with Sask Polytechnic, co-hosting a panel discussion called Stirring the Pot 2.0 to explore industry challenges and learn what analytical and research support is available to the local cannabis and hemp sectors. Read the article below for more information.

Our Sprouting Success partnership with Affinity Credit Union and GAAP continues. After our successful premier event in January, which drew a full house at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show for Ag Innovation through the Generations, Sprouting Success will travel to Shaunavon, SK with Ag Innovation through Progressive Practices on April 5, 2023 (more on this below). The final two events in the series will take place at Ag in Motion on July 19th; and at the Canadian Western Agribition on November 21st. (Watch our Weekly Update for details).

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Thank you to the Ag-West Bio members who submitted articles to this Bulletin!

~ Jackie Robin

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