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Growing stronger: Agri-Trade farmers innovate and adapt to global industry challenges


“Everyone is struggling with supplier issues or getting parts or labor, so we had the same thing,” said Derek Molnar, director of marketing and territory for North America. Saskatchewan for Degelman Industries. “But overall it was a successful year for Canadian Ag and for us. So 2022 has been good and 2023 looks like it could be just as good, if not better. »

The Regina-based shortline manufacturer builds pre- and post-harvest tools, seeding aids and other equipment such as root pickers, dirt rollers and dozer blades.

A salesman at the Expo for more than 20 years, he says they intend to reconnect with current customers to ensure their needs are met and eventually meet new customers.

Also looking to build new relationships is Bryce Walker, Sales Representative for Earth Smart Solutions.

He says that after the pandemic shutdowns and the federal goal of reducing fertilizer emissions by 30% by 2030, farmers are eager to find new products for their soil.

“With government regulations on fertilizer use, there’s a lot more interest in regenerative products,” he said.

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The company focuses on plant and soil health through the use of humates and biologically friendly products.

Organic and commercial grain producer Stephanie Jarema of Smoky Lake, Alta., was just one of many people at the Expo seeking information on fertilizers and seeds.

She says that although the year produced average returns for farmers in her area, weather and costs will determine next year’s profits.

“Of course we expect costs to rise and that’s a struggle for a lot of farmers. This is something that I think a lot of people here today will be looking at; which is going to provide them with value-added benefits within the scope of these services that they have,” she said.

For the first time at Agri-Trade, she says she was impressed by the number of vendors present and the friendliness of the people at each stall.

Many of the booths are customers of attendee Ken Galloway who works for A&L Canada Laboratories. The Analysis and Diagnostics Laboratory performs soil, plant tissue and nutrient analysis and disease and pathogen detection tests.

For his second time at Expo in contact with customers, he says technology changes every year in the agricultural industry, “to really maximize the efficiency of our inputs and advance agricultural production.” We are in a large part of the world for this.

The event will run until November 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.