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Manitoba young farmers conference

– reducing inefficiencies while increasing income, and knowledge transfer, both between fellow young farmers and experienced older farmers

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Conference Agenda

March 5, 2020 9:30 am- 3:30 pm

Embassy E & F Victoria Inn, Winnipeg

9:00-9:30 - Registration

9:30-9:45 - Welcome and opening remarks

Gavin Betker, Backswath Management

9:45-10:45 Improving on-farm efficiencies through data analytics. Read about Evan's work here
Evan Shout, President, Maverick Ag Ltd. and CFO, Hebert Grain Ventures

10:45-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:00 - Whiteboarding your farm - identify waste, improve efficiencies

Mitch Rezansoff, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers


12:00-1:15 - Lunch: Greetings from Hon. Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development


1:15-2:00 - MYF Spotlight

- Colin Penner and Jake Ayre - Update on MYF activities

- Brooks White, Borderland Agriculture (Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmer, 2018) - Improving On-farm Efficiencies through Regenerative Agriculture


2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:15 - Panel

Experienced Manitoba farmers providing advice and ideas for collaboration to young farmers, facilitated by Gavin Betker, Backswath Management

- Harold Froese: Grain, poultry and egg farmer, Oak Bluff MB. Currently Director with Manitoba Egg Farmers and community member on the U of M Animal Care Committee

- Reg Dyck: Operated a 2000-acre grain and oilseed farm, Starbuck MB. Currently Farm Business Management and Issues in Agriculture and Food instructor U of M Ag Diploma program.

- Ed Remple: Retired grain farmer, Starbuck MB. Currently fixes and sells classic and high performance vehicles.

- Barry Routledge: Mixed farming in the Lenore MB area for over 40 years. Currently going through farm succession process with 3 sons.


3:15-3:30 - Wrap up & closing remarks

Gavin Betker, Backswath Management

2020 Sponsors

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Evan Shout is the president and co founder of Maverick Ag Ltd, a business risk management and consulting firm focused on insurance and data analytics. He also sits as chief financial officer at Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a 22,000-acre grain and oilseed operation in southeast Saskatchewan.

Evan is a CPA and worked with MNP in his past career, having a specialty in large scale primary producer grain operations. He also was a shareholder in Shout Farms Ltd, a family grain farming operation in central Saskatchewan until January of 2014. His passion for the industry drives a calling that includes operational management of human resources, technology, data collection and financial and business risk management practices that will assist primary producer operations into the next generation of agriculture.

The goal is the change the face of financial risk management in agriculture. To leave the dirt, financial statements and industry in a better state than the last generation.

President, Maverick Ag Ltd. and CFO, Hebert Grain Ventures


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Mitch Rezansoff was born Winnipeg Manitoba and raised on a family farm in the Swan River Valley of Saskatchewan.


From an early age, has always had a tie and passion to agriculture production. At an early age spending summers on his grandparent’s farm that transition to his parent’s family farm.


That passion was strengthened with his graduation with a BSc. Agriculture Economics and Agronomy from the University of Manitoba in 1984.


In December of 1984 Mitch began his career as a sales rep in northwest Manitoba with BASF. Affectionately known as the Poast Man, he was excited to work with retails and farmers advancing minimum till practices utilizing post emergent technologies.


Mitch continued a 23-year journey of career development through the company adding geographic moves.


Moving from Manitoba to Ontario and back to Manitoba with roles of territory sales manager, product and market manager, SAP sales and marketing project lead, internet and ecommerce manager, account manager eastern and western Canada.


In between his current role of Executive Director of Canadian Agri-Retailers Association, Mitch spent time in Winnipeg with Interprovincial Cooperative Limited in product regulatory department and Enns Brothers large ag division.


As the Integrated Solutions Manager developing a team of agronomists within an equipment dealership increasing the connection of agronomy and precision ag technologies with farm customers.


Mitch brings an extensive 35 plus years of experience of the agriculture supply chain from multiple perspectives with an appreciation of how trusted advisors supporting and farm operations continue to evolve.

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers


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Brooks and Jen White along with their two young children own and operate Borderland Agriculture in the extreme southwestern corner of Manitoba. At Borderland, we focus on Regenerative Agriculture by incorporating bison into a highly diverse cropping system.

Our bison are the key component to our vision of improving soil health, and we use their natural hardiness in our #graze365 program.  90% of the annual production in 2019 included the use of intercrops, companion crops, and cover crops.  As these cropping practises have been adopted, there is an improvement to the biology of the soil and a reduction to the need for inputs.

With our vision, we were recognized in the 2018 Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer’s Program. Visitors are welcomed to the farm at any time and are invited to “discover our world” on their farm’s facebook page at

Owner, Borderland Agriculture; Canadian Outstanding Young Farmer 2018

Brooks White

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Gavin Betker graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 2004. Gavin has expertise in business development, and agricultural consulting.

Having grown up on a farm, he shares the Backswath passion for advancing farm management. After obtaining his business degree, the first job he held out of university was front line manager in a window manufacturing plant. He was promoted to regional service and logistics manager for southern Alberta. He decided to change career tracks, and came back to Manitoba to farm, where he spent four years as a hired hand. Now that he's working for Backswath, he is putting his business and farm backgrounds together.

In his spare time, he is a board member for Motionball Winnipeg- a charity fundraising event for the Special Olympics. He also likes to curl and play ultimate and soccer.

Director of Technology, Backswath Management




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