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23rd Annual Canola Expo
We will have Jim Wiesemeyer of ProFarmer headline our 23rd Annual Canola Expo which will be virtual this year. Other speakers include Lesley Kelly of High Heels & Canola Fields speaking on handling stress in agriculture and Ven Chapara will provide an update on clubroot in canola.

Dec 8, 2020 09:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jim Wiesemeyer
@Pro Farmer
From his office near Washington, DC, Jim Wiesemeyer contributes daily to Pro Farmer’s online website at FarmJournalPro.com, providing members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. He also is a twice-weekly participant in Farm Journal’s Agri-Talk radio program and serves as a Washington analyst for Pro Farmer. Mr. Wiesemeyer also is one of the writers for the Agriculture Letter, formerly the Kiplinger Ag Letter, now owned by Farm Journal Media. Mr. Wiesemeyer also was the Washington bureau chief for Futures World News (FWN), formerly owned by Oster Communications. Prior to Pro Farmer, he was a Washington editor with Doane's Agricultural Report and Washington editor and managing editor of the Washington Farmletter.
Lesley Kelly
@High Heels & Canola Fields
Lesley Kelly actively farms with her family at Watrous, Saskatchewan. With a Bachelors in Commerce in Marketing and Communications, Lesley has found a unique way to combine her passion of people and agriculture together. She is the head and heart behind the High Heels & Canola Fields blog where she dispels myths about agriculture and brings consumers and farmers together. Her goal in being involved in agriculture beyond the farm from blogging and writing, being a co-host on What The Farm podcast and vlogging is to build connection, create conversation, collaborate and identify solutions that help both the industry and consumers. Mental health is near and dear to her heart and through sharing her journey, Lesley has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She's been a part of the Canada's Bell Let's Talk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and support producers in taking care of their mental well-being.
Venkat Chapara
@NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center
Venkat received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Entomology and Plant Pathology from Gujarat Agricultural University (India) and North Dakota State University, respectively. Venkat focused on studies evaluating Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L) varieties/genotypes against major pests in middle Gujarat for his Master’s degree. His Doctoral research was centered on Mefenoxam resistance in Phytophthora erythroseptica Pethybridge. Dr. Chapara was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he was an integral part of applied field, green house, and lab research programs; monitoring fungicide sensitivities and determining the efficacy of fungicides for suppression of corn, wheat, and soybean diseases with Dr. Carl Bradley. His research efforts currently focused on integrated pest management systems for all crops grown in the north east North Dakota.