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Saskatoon Agriculture Events 2019

Saskatoon Grows International Business Events by Focusing on Agriculture, Innovation

The beating heart of prairie culture and ground-breaking innovation, Saskatoon is quietly making a name for itself as a destination of choice for international business events focused on agriculture, soil sciences, plant proteins and more. And it’s no wonder. With the research being done at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and at the Global Institute for Food Security, food scientists from around the world are taking notice, leveraging Saskatoon’s intellectual capital to host educational and engaging events in Saskatoon. In 2019 alone Saskatoon will welcome some 1,600+ attendees from around the globe to three international events:

Fifth International Rhizosphere Conference
July 7 – 11, 2019
550 delegates

With the oldest agricultural college in Canada, the University of Saskatoon researchers have been studying root science, or rhizosphere for almost a century. With some $57.2M in recent funding, the University of Saskatchewan is currently investigating new root based approaches to making crop improvements. Leading that charge is Professor Dr. Leon Kochian, PhD, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Food Security and Associate Director, of Saskatoon based Global Institute for Food Security. Considered one of the most influential scientific minds in plant and animal sciences, Dr. Kochian will be shining a light on Canada’s Rhizosphere research during his keynote presentation at the Fifth International Rhizosphere Conference, the first time this event has ever been hosted in North America.

First International Wheat Congress 
July 21 – 26, 2019
800 delegates

The first meeting of its kind, the International Wheat Congress will welcome researchers and crop scientists from around the world to Saskatoon where they’ll not only share knowledge related to crop science, genomics, new technologies and uses for wheat, but delegates will enjoy a well-rounded program that showcases Saskatoon’s agricultural roots and cultural attractions.

Students, young scientists and delegates from emerging wheat-growing countries will take in some 100 speakers and various poster sessions during the Congress. While the educational sessions are hosted at TCU Place, the city’s largest convention and arts facility, the social program embraces Saskatoon’s unique characteristics. The opening night reception will be held at Remai Modern, the acclaimed riverfront museum that’s home to the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts and some of the best river views in the city. A field trip to nearby 380 hectare Kernen Research Farm showcases the vast diversity of Saskatchewan grain and provides a magical setting for dinner beneath a wide-open prairie sky.

12th Protein Summit Americas 2019                                          
May 29 – 31, 2019 

250 attendees

With the global population estimated to increase to around 10 billion in 2050 there is a growing demand for food and nutritional security, and healthy, tasty food produced in an environmentally and climate-friendly way. Introducing Canadian pulses. With Saskatchewan leading the world in production of pulse crops (chickpeas, lentils) and the University of Saskatchewan fully invested in advancing harvest yields, sustainable growing practices, new technologies and processes, it only makes sense that organizers would choose to host their conference here. In three different tracks delegates will explore everything from finding new applications for plant protein and fibres, to technologies that allow for more sustainable growing, harvesting and processing practices, and finally the creation of new plant-based food applications.

“The province of Saskatchewan is home to about one third of Canada’s agriculture biotech industry, with a history of world-class agricultural innovation,” says Brad Peters, director, international sales for Tourism Saskatoon. “Hosting your congress here will foster further sharing and advancement in this area.”  

In Saskatoon, creative conference planners can embrace cutting-edge research centres, groundbreaking arts, ancient cultures, and inventive cuisine to create memorable, and immersive, delegate experiences. With some 800,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 4,900 hotel guest rooms, this prairie city is perfectly situated to host groups dedicated to the advancement of agriculture innovations.