The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is very pleased to be working with the Ontario Forage Council to host the 8th Annual CFGA Conference in Guelph, Ontario from Nov 14-16, 2017.

This year’s conference theme is Next Generation Forage Cropping Systems: Profit Above, Wealth Below in recognition of the important role forage and grasslands play in providing both economic and environmental benefits to Canadians from coast to coast.

Profit Above
With a direct economic value of $5.09 billion and over 70 million acres in production, forage is the largest land use sector in Canadian agriculture and is the backbone of Canada’s ruminant industry. In 2012, exports of forages and forage seeds accounted for 4% of the industry’s value.

Wealth Below

Perennial forage crops help sequester carbon because their root systems can store up to 2.7 times more carbon than annual crops. They sequester carbon deeper in the ground and, as less tilling is done on forage and grassland fields, slow the breakdown and release of carbon into the atmosphere. Studies indicate that the environmental impact of forages doubles their monetary value of $5.09 billion.

Anyone who has a stake in the Canadian forage industry will not want to miss this year’s conference to:

  • learn about new forage practices;
  • network with colleagues;
  • discover new research on forage and grasslands and how to improve environmental practices.

Bookmark this website for regular updates on speakers and other details or, better still, click here to sign up to receive regular updates.

Ground Transportation from Pearson Airport – Located in Guelph, Red Car Service is a renowned ground transportation company specializing in airport shuttles. CFGA Conference participants will receive the a $10.00 discount on Red Car’s shared ride shuttle service from Pearson Airport to the Delta Guelph. Go to and use the booking code: GRASSLAND2017.
The 2017 CFGA Annual Conference Organizing Committee invites the submission of 300-word abstracts of Student Poster Presentations addressing the topic areas indicated below. Abstracts are to be submitted by email to the Conference Coordinator before September 15, 2017.

Click here to download the Student Poster Session Call for Abstracts.

Posters will be judged and prizes awarded.
Using Manitoba’s productive forage and grassland scene as the backdrop, the 2016 Annual CFGA Conference will highlight how the Canadian forage and grassland sector is a critical foundation for sustainable growth and development throughout Canada’s agriculture industry.

Key topic areas at this year’s conference include:
• Economics of forage production
• Environmental benefits of grass on the landscape
• Export industry development
• The role of cover crops in annual production systems
• Soil nutrient management and conservation

Submissions are to be made by students in full-time attendance at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. Poster presenters must register and attend the conference. A reduced registration fee is provided to students.

Abstract Submission Details
– Abstracts are to be formatted to North American Letter, 216 mm by 279 mm (8 ½” x 11”) with 25 mm (1”) margins on all sides. The font size should be 11-point Arial with single spacing.

Abstracts are to include:
-Which topic area the abstract falls within.
-Presentation title.
-The names, affiliations and email addresses for all co-authors, with the name of the primary author/presenter indicated in bold.
-An introductory statement.
-A description of the work performed.
-Relevance of the work to the conference theme and topic area(s).
-Results achieved.
Submit abstracts by e-mail to:
CFGA Conference Coordinator
North America Toll-free: 1-800-868-8776

Whether you are in business to provide products or services to forage producers and grassland managers, or an NGO involved in conservation or land stewardship with concern over the continued loss of our nation’s grasslands, you should consider having an exhibit space at this year’s conference. Exhibit spaces are limited in number and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to reserve your space early.

Click here to download the Exhibitor information package and exhibit space booking form.

Each exhibit space includes:

• One six-foot draped table and two chairs

• Your company’s name and logo included on the CFGA Conference website, in the Conference Program, on signage and in a scrolling recognition slide show project at program free times throughout the conference.

Please note that most conference participants will be attending conference sessions and will visit exhibits during the Tuesday evening Welcome Reception and during the morning and afternoon networking breaks. Exhibitors may want to register to participate in the full conference to attend sessions and become part of the dialogue.

Exhibitor Option 1 (Space Only): $750 plus HST

This option is for exhibit space only, and does not include participation by exhibit attendants in conference sessions, luncheons, networking breaks.

Exhibitor Option 2 (Space and Registration): $1,150 plus HST

This option includes exhibit space and full conference registration for one exhibit attendant, which includes participation in all sessions, networking breaks and luncheon.

To book your exhibit space, complete the booth space application form and submit it by email to the
Conference Coordinator:

Exhibit Set-up and Tear-down

Exhibitors may set up their exhibits after 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 14 and all exhibits are to be set up by 5:30 pm as the Welcome Reception commences at 6:00 pm that evening. Exhibits tear-down commences at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 16 and all exhibit materials must be removed from the hotel premises by 6:00 pm that day.

Exhibit Hours

Tuesday, November 14
6:00 – 7:30 pm (Welcome Reception)

Wednesday, November 15
10:00 – 10:30 am
12:00 – 1:20 pm
3:00 – 3:30 pm

Thursday, November 16
9:50 – 10:25 am
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Exhibit Space Payments

After submitting your exhibit space application form you will be provided with details of how payments can be made.

Exhibit Space Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds of payments made for exhibit spaces will only be granted if written notification of cancellation is submitted to the Conference Coordinator before October 20, 2017. Refunds, less a processing fee of $50.00 plus HST, will be issued after the conference. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after October 20, 2017.

This year’s pre-conference tour will be on Tuesday, November 14 and will feature Creek Edge Farms, a modern dairy facility using robotic technology, Marhaven Agri Inc. to see state-of-the-art hay drying equipment, Horst Welding, an equipment manufacturer that builds bale spears, buckets, farm wagons, snow blades and more, and the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station’s beef and dairy facilities.

The cost of the tour is $80 plus HST and includes round-trip transportation and lunch.

Click here for Pre-Conference Tour details.  Registration for the tour closed on Tuesday, November 7.

For information about the conference please contact:

Elizabeth Muckle-Jeffs
Conference Coordinator
North America Toll-Free: 1-800-868-8776
Local: 613-732-7068

Pearson International Airport is 73 km from downtown Guelph and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is 68km. Both airports have rental cars, and ground transportation is available from commercial airport shuttle services, taxis and limousines.

Ground Transportation from Pearson Airport – Located in Guelph, Red Car Service is a renowned ground transportation company specializing in airport shuttles. CFGA Conference participants will receive the a $10.00 discount on Red Car’s shared ride shuttle service from Pearson Airport to the Delta Guelph. Go to and use the booking code: GRASSLAND2017.

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