Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week History
Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (GBFW) has been a main stay for the agricultural industry in Grey County since 1966. The featured commodities have changed as our agricultural focus has evolved, but the mandate to educate farmers and agribusiness has remained firm. The Trade Show is filled to capacity on most days.
GBFW is a 7 day agricultural conference featuring a program dedicated to each of the major commodity groups in Grey and Bruce counties and beyond.
GBFW is co-ordinated by Grey County Agricultural Services in Markdale, with the outstanding support of the rural organizations (GBFW Committee) in Grey and Bruce counties. The current executive is:
Chair – Mike Ryan
Past Chair – Andy Dales
1st Vice Chair – Joanne Hughes
2nd Vice Chair – Deb Campbell
The GBFW commitee would like to thank all of the volunteers that assist with set-up, tear down, deliveries, clean-up and registration.
GBFW has an excellent track record of organizing well attended, informative conferences.
The event takes place in Elmwood Ontario, at the Elmwood Community Centre, located approximately 1 mile west of the blinking amber light.
There are usually approximately 55 speakers from across the province, other provinces and the U.S. Each day includes a producer panel where producers can learn from their peers.
Interest in the conference continues to grow and our reach is extending well beyond our county borders. Most years there are about 1300 people in attendance over the course of the 7 day event. Typically, Crops Day accounts for 22% of the attendance, Beef Day, 22%, and Dairy Day, 20%. Typically, about ¾ of the audience are from Grey Bruce, and the remainder comes from outside that area. Interestingly, the latter number continues to grow. Plus, now with our ability to Live Stream, anyone, anywhere, can attend GBFW!
We have an extremely supportive group of Sponsors who enthusiastically support our event. The Trade Show is in the same room as the speaker sessions. We have about 53 Exhibitors each day. They are there for you to speak to about future purchases and considerations. They also supply door prizes daily.
Every day, the County Line Women’s Institute create a scrumptious hot roast beef dinner. On Goat and Sheep Days, roast goat and roast lamb are also offered with the roast beef. Our event is well known for its amazing pies!
In 2018 we celebrated 52 years of producer education. We would like to thank everyone that attended and supported this amazing conference. There were a total of 126 exhibitors at the 2018 conference. There were 53 speakers/panelists presenting at GBFW 2018.
2018 marked an exciting year of technological advancement. 2018 was our first year to live stream all 7 days of this fantastic educational content. Producers from across the province and beyond were able to watch the content live, and for several weeks following the event. Here’s an example of the Live Stream content. Click to see GBFW18 Youtube channel for recorded content. The GBFW committee would like to thank the sponsors of this new initiative: Trillium Mutual Insurance, BDO Canada LLP, and Bruce Power.
Mark your calendars accordingly. Please note that there will be a change in the commodity day order in 2019. Please ensure that you know the exact date of your desired day!
Trade Show Set-up Day – Wednesday Jan 2, 2019
Ecological Day – Wednesday Jan 9, 2019