Today marks the start of Canada's Farm Show.

Farm Show Manager Jeanine Nazarchuk says the show has been around for 46 years and is probably one of the most well known farm shows in Canada and really across North America. 

The three day event, June 18–20, at REAL District in Regina showcases the latest in farm equipment and technology, with 250 exhibitors on the grounds.

She notes that they pride themselves on bringing in really cutting edge exhibitors and knowledgeable speakers who really feature new innovations and product launches.

"We really are a cutting edge show, and this year is no different. We've got lots of new and exciting programming for 2024. We have some really great things happening this year. Of course, as usual, we have the Launch Pad presented by Deloitte, which serves as the biggest stage for the best in agriculture. This is where our innovations are introduced to the marketplace and to consumers. We highlight the value of these new innovations eventually becoming a reality within the ag industry."
Reality within the egg industry.

The show kicked off this morning with the Premier's Breakfast, where Premier Scott Moe addressed ticketed guests and talked about the state of agriculture in Saskatchewan.

In welcoming people to the show, Premier Scott Moe focused on the remarkable growth we've seen in our agriculture and agri-value sectors.

"Today, there are over 300 food processors in the province, with more than 5000 people employed in the agri-value sector alone. And we boast a world-class agricultural equipment industry, manufacturing farm equipment sold here at home and exported around the world."

He notes that with our network of nine international offices, we're sharing Saskatchewan's story and making more connections than ever before.

"In 2023, Saskatchewan exported goods to 163 countries. These connections are paying dividends as we continue to see record-breaking exports. In 2023, we saw a fourth consecutive year of record agri-food exports valued at  $20.2 billion. That means we've gone beyond our growth plan goal of expanding agri-food exports to $20 billion by 2030, seven years ahead of schedule. Total Saskatchewan exports for 2023 were $49.3 billion, the second highest on record in provincial history."

Canada's Farm Show welcomes a number of international guests, and in 2024, is expecting to see 300 international delegates from 50 countries. 

Nazarchuk says they expect to see a number of visitors and buyers from the United States, the U.K., Australia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan coming, as well as many others who are interested in the technology coming out of the Canadian market, how to get into it and how to buy it.

She says it really shows the importance and advancements that we see with our own exhibitors or manufacturers here in Saskatchewan.

Farm Show's Launch Pad by Deloitte offers visitors to the show the opportunity to sit down and be a part of an engaging conversation on agriculture.

Today's topics range from "Five things to watch out for in Agriculture" to presentations on AI in Agriculture and Drones in Agriculture.

The Launch Pad is also home to new product launches. Today at 2 p.m., Degelman Industries will hold their exclusive Canadian Premiere of the HDSR Serries of Staggered Ripper followed by a networking opportunity.

Wrapping up events on the Launch Pad today is the 24 Hour Start Up Agtech Pitch Finale where some of the best and brightest in agriculture, technology and business will pitch ideas from their teams and build a minimum viable product in just 24 hours for a chance to win up to $12,000 in prizes. 

Canada's Farm Show runs today through Thursday at REAL District in Regina.

Show hours are 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Daily admission is $15, a 3-day show pass is $30, and youth 17 and under are free.

More information on Canada's Farm Show can be found here.