From February 21st to 23rd, 2023, Regeneration Canada and its partners will be hosting Steve Groff for a Quebec tour of educational events on cover crops. On February 21 in Saint-Hyacinthe and online, Steve will take part in a private day of lectures for those participating in the Quebec Regenerative Dairy Farm Pilot Project. He will then be a speaker at two events on February 22: first in Saint-Liguori (Lanaudière) for a Journée Grandes Cultures, then in Trois-Rivières (Mauricie) for an event in the PAD series of Journées INPACQ. Finally, Steve will go more in depth on February 23rd in Drummondville and online in a master class where his lecture will be complemented by collaborative design thinking workshops.
Steve Groff is the CEO of Cedar Meadow Farm and the author of “The Future Proof Farm: Changing Mindsets in a Changing World”. As a farmer, researcher, agricultural consultant and international speaker, Steve specializes in the use of cover crops, no-till farming and regenerative farming methods. He designed the first cover crop roller-crimper in North America, developed the Tillage Radish cover crop, launched the first company in the world to exclusively sell cover crop seed, and was the first commercial vegetable grower to transplant tomatoes without tillage.
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This project is funded by the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec under component 2 of the Prime-Vert program.
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We would like to thank our interpreters for this tour, thanks to whom we are able to offer simultaneous translation: Peter Feldstein, Maya Robitaille-Lopez and Adrian Adams.
• Quebec’s Regenerative Dairy Farm Pilot Project – A Multi-Stakeholder Initiative
Margot Conover, Associate Director of the Global Impact Team at General Mills
Jim Eckberg, Senior Scientist, Agriculture and Food Solutions Team at General Mills
Jacques Nault, Co-founder and Vice President of Agrology at Logiag
Antonious Petro, Executive Director at Regeneration Canada
• Nutrient Balance Assessment as a Tool for Reducing GHG Emissions on the Farm
Guy Forand, Agronomist at Logiag
• Steve Groff’s lecture: Maximizing the Potential of Cover Crops
• A Holistic Approach to Dairy Production
Kornel Schneider, Owner of Ferme Rêveuse
Simultaneous interpretation from English to French and vice-versa will be offered for the day’s events.
This conference is a private event for farms that are part of the pilot group of the Quebec Regenerative Dairy Farm Project. If you are a producer, professional or consultant on a dairy farm and you would like to attend the event, please contact us by email to express your interest.
Media contact: Sara Maranda-Gauvin, Operations Manager – Regeneration Canada: email@example.com – 514 813 7785
• Presentation of the Sol Couvert en Hiver project
Dominic Brochu, Agronomist at the Fédération de l’UPA de Lanaudière
• Conference by Steve Groff: The role of cover crops in improving soil health
(in English, with simultaneous French interpretation offered)
• Afternoon of agronomic discussions and producer panels on cover crops:
• Intercropping in corn
• Catch crops after cereal harvest
• The case of soybeans
• Trans-Till as a tillage tool
Media contact: Dominic Brochu, Agri-environmental Officer – UPA Lanaudière: firstname.lastname@example.org – 450 753-7486, #238
• Presentation: Rolled rye in field crops and vegetable rotations
Clovis Courchesne, D.C. Courchesne SENC and Michel Thibodeau, Ferme Germanie inc.
• Steve Groff’s lecture: Cover crops to prepare your farm for the future
(in English, with on-site French interpretation provided)
• Discussion and snacks
An application for accreditation is underway with the Ordre des agronomes du Québec to have this activity recognized as continuing education.
Organizers and partners: Le Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), Entreprendre MRC Bécancour, Réseau Agriconseils Mauricie, Équiterre and Régénération Canada
Media contact: Karine Velasco-Champagne, Communications Officer – MAPAQ Mauricie: email@example.com – 819 371-6761, #4622
• Steve Groff will present crop rotation models and cost-effective cropping designs to maximize the potential of green manures and living soils.
• In the workshop, we will collaborate to adapt, innovate and plan crop rotations with cover crops to create cost-effective designs that maximize plant and soil life potential.
• Steve Groff will answer our questions to enhance our exchanges on our agronomic journeys in the Quebec agricultural space.
Simultaneous interpretation from English to French will be offered for the day’s events.
Media contact: Jean-François Ridel, President – Club Action Billon: firstname.lastname@example.org – 450 210-0907