Farmer-led Research Symposium

Are you interested in conducting research? Do you want to learn about this year’s projects?

Please join us for the Farmer-Led Research Symposium.


Monday December 3, 10am img_1723

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, London, Ontario

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Please note that the Farmer-led Research Symposium registration is open to everyone.  It is not included in full conference registration, so select this as a separate option during your conference registration.


What is the Farmer-led Research Symposium?

It is a day-long gathering where farmer-researchers share past research findings and plan farmer-led research projects for the upcoming year. It is the central place to ask questions for future projects and set research priorities. This year’s research includes low-till and no-till veggies, organic pesticide management, soil health and cover crops.



9:00am – 10:00am: Arrival and Check-in

10:00am – 11:00am: Farmer-led Research Program Summary and Year in Review

11:00am – 12:30pm: Farmer Poster Session

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch and Keynote Session (see below for more information)

2:15pm – 4:00pm: Reflecting on the Farmer-Research Experience

4:30pm – 6:30pm: Project Design: Digging into Your Research Trial

7:00pm: Reception and Social


Keynote Session: This year’s Farmer-led Research Symposium keynote speakers are Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf from One Step at a Time Gardens in Kanawha, Iowa. With over 23 years of experience growing organic vegetables and pasture-raised poultry, Jan and Tim are also leaders in on-farm research. For the past several decades, Jan and Tim have conducted research trials in cooperation with Practical Farmers of Iowa, including numerous variety trials, economic analyses and energy budgets. More recently Jan is the founding ED of a local food hub, Healthy Harvest of Northern Iowa (

Funding for the Farmer-led Research Program is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited and the Robert and Moira Sansom Ideas Foundation, a fund within London Community Foundation.