By Kevin Bernard
The seven day Grey Bruce Farmers Week begins Wednesday at the Elmwood Community Centre.
One of the largest farm conferences in the province begins Wednesday at the Elmwood Community Centre.
Grey Bruce Farmers Week is celebrating its 49th year this year -- and about 14 hundred people are expected to attend the seven day conference.
One of the organizers is Ray Robertson of Grey County Agriculture Services -- and he feels their success is tied to listening to the needs of farmers.
Robertson feels they have a close relationship with producers and they listen to find out what kind of subjects should be covered during Farmers Week.
Each day of the conference has a different focus -- from beef to dairy to goats and sheep to horses, crops and ecological farming.
There are also close to 60 speakers for different panels and about 130 exhibitors for the trade show across the seven day conference.
Robertson says the exhibitors vary -- from seed companies to equipment dealers to financial representatives.
Co-organizer Lorie Smith says most of the visitors are from Grey, Bruce and Huron Counties -- but she notes producers travel from all over Ontario for the conference.
Robertson feels the success of the conference has a lot to do with the fact that farmers are always interested in learning new information and techniques.
He adds Farmers Week allows producers an opportunity to get together, something they normally can't do in the spring, summer and fall.
The first day on Wednesday is Beef Day.
Thursday is Dairy Day, while Friday is Goat Day and Saturday is Sheep Day.
Sunday is Horse Day with an adult and youth program, Monday is Ecological Day and Tuesday is Crops Day.
For more information, visit the website -- www.greyagservices.ca