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Have you ever wagered a guess as to what agriculture and rural communities will look like in 2020 or even 2040? What major crops will be grown on the prairies? What will farms look like? Will environmental concerns impact farming practices? What role will technology play? Who will be the major industry players?

Through the KIS Project's Agriculture 2020: What's Your Vision? conference (held Thursday, April 12 in Saskatoon, SK) twelve individuals shared their visions for agriculture in the year 2020. Creativity abounded and discussion was provoked as conference attendees probed for more detail on each vision.

Each presentation followed from a 2000-word essay each presenter had written. The essays were written as speculative pieces to encourage discussion and dialogue about the future of agriculture on the Canadian prairies. While the events described in the essays are based in part on current trends and projections, they are not necessarily predictions of what is going to happen nor ones to which the author subscribes. Rather, the essays should be viewed as imaginative pieces that explore what the future might hold and that are specifically designed to raise questions for the reader.

Conference Agenda: Download pdf (56 KB)

Agriculture 2020 Essays

2020 Vision of Agriculture: Responding to a Shifted Demographic
by Jon Treloar, MSc Plant Science Student, University of Saskatchewan
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Fields, Fairies and Futures
by Patricia Farnese, Professor, Law, University of Saskatchewan
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Shellulosics - The Next Generation?
by Kathy Lang, KIS Project Coordinator
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The Structure of Grain Farming on the Canadian Prairies: An Agricultural 2020 Essay
by Murray Fulton
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A Rural Meeting
by Brett Fairbairn

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Speech at 1st Annual Convention of Agri-Products Producers
by Ryan Plewis, 3rd Year Law Student, University of Saskatchewan
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The Transformation of Agriculture
by Red Williams, CM, PhD, FAIC, PAg, Professor Emeritus and President, Saskatchewan Agrivision Inc.
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Networked Rural Communities: Learning a Living in 2020
by Dirk Morrison, Professor, Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan

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Life Place Again
by Darwin Anderson, Professor, Plant Science, University of Saskatchewan
and Karlah Rudolph, Plant Science Major, University of Saskatchewan
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Agroforestry and Kelvington Team Up for Progress
by Robin Woodward, Shannon Poppy and Joanne Kowalski, Saskatchewan Forest Centre

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Pitching Agriculture 2025: Your Chance to Partner with a Canadian Provider
by Brian Innes, MSc Agricultural Economics Student, University of Saskatchewan

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The Innovation Challenge in 2027
by Peter W.B. Phillips, Professor, Political Studies and Associate Member, Agricultural Economics, University of Saskatchewan

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