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|Chinese Canadian Farmers Day|
2016 Chinese Canadian Farmers Day
Oakville, February 11th, 2016
While we are still in the joy of celebrating the Lunar New Year, Canada – China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAGR) is excited to announce the Chinese Canadian Farmers Day, has successfully closed on Thursday, Feb 11th in Oakville. The event provides ample opportunity for attendees to learn, socialize and network. CCAGR are very happy this year to bring our members once again to this event. We appreciate the effort of each speaker of delivering professional farms management skills in different sessions and we are also passionate about the latest trending in agricultural industries, including the Sheep industry, Grape and Wine industry and Asian vegetable growing in Canada. Thanks again to the support of our following professional speakers and media, our members get to expose in the industrial knowledge and investment opportunities.
Our speakers this year:
Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario
Douglas Yungblut, Ph.D, P.Ag, President of Yungblut & Associates Consulting
Dr. Michael Brownbridge & Dr. Viliam Zvalo, Vineland Station
Youming Zhao, M.Sc. P. Ag, President of CCAGR
We are so proud that Chinese Canadian Farmers are continuously contributing to Canada agriculture development and promote Canadian agri-food export.
Last but not least, we are very pleased to see our members actively participated and provided feedback to our center. Our center launched Chinese Canadian Farm Starting Program almost 8 years ago. This program brings in Canadian Best Management Practices, new ideas and opportunities to our entrepreneurial farmers and professionals. We will have more upcoming events. Together we can make difference, we are looking forward to seeing you in our future events.
Video link: 2016 Chinese Canadian Farmers Day
CCAgr's 5th Annual Canadian-Chinese Farm Start Seminar Shows Great Promise for Canadian Agriculture
Hamilton, February 16, 2013
The Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre was thrilled with the turn out of the 5th annual Canadian Chinese Farmer and Farm Start Investor Seminar that took place on Saturday February 16, 2013. Due to the overwhelming response, the CCAgr had to stop registration 2 weeks before the deadline. With an audience of over 80 Canadian-Chinese farmers and investors, the room was full of people eager to hear about the booming agricultural opportunities in Canada.
The day started off with a simple breakfast and small meet and greet at the CCAgr’s office. From there, the group headed to Lotus Garden Restaurant where the seminar took place. A two hour presentation was given by CCAgr’s President, Youming Zhao and Office Assistant, Danielle Santoli. The topics of discussion included: the role of the CCAgr, how to successfully invest and manage your Canadian agricultural business/farm and most importantly, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a Canadian agri-business owner. The purpose of this presentation was to educate the audience on the concepts and principles necessary to know before jumping into an agricultural business venture as well as to address and attract investment for Canada’s agricultural and agri-food industry.
Following the two hour presentation, the seminar group enjoyed a fresh, Chinese buffet style lunch prepared with locally grown food. Once everyone had finished eating, the CCAgr invited a few guest speakers to say a few words about their experiences in Canada’s agricultural industry. These speakers included: a former pork producer, two mushroom growers and a grape powder producer. Many investors spoke privately with these guest speakers as they were interested in their agri-business opportunities. Similar to the show “Dragon’s Den”, the CCAgr was able to attract investment opportunities for these Canadian producers.
The CCAgr also invited special guest Ian Cumming, a reporter for the Ontario Farmer, to show the importance of investment and why Canadian-Chinese are interested in agricultural opportunities in Canada. Once the presentations concluded, the group was off to tour Legends Estates Winery, Lincoln Mushroom Farm and a couple of agricultural properties that are up for sale. Many people from the group participated in wine tastings and more than half purchased bottles of locally produced wine in the gift shop. Similarly, many left with cartons of fresh, Ontario grown mushrooms after touring Lincoln Mushroom Farm. Through this seminar, the CCAgr was able to generate sales for these local producers and help enforce Canada’s Buy Local, Buy Fresh movement.
Overall, the 5th annual Canadian-Chinese Farm Start Seminar was a great success! President Youming Zhao stated, “With the continued success of these events, the CCAgr will continue to promote Canadian-Chinese investment into Canada’s agricultural and agri-food industry through the Farm Start Program. We look forward working with these investors and agricultural business owners in the future!”
Tour of Ontario’s Agricultural Businesses and Research and Development Sectors Sparks interest in Global Collaboration