Chris Hadfield to be keynote at 2014 Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic

Conference to be ‘out of this world’

GUELPH, ON (July 8, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is proud to announce Chris Hadfield as keynote speaker for the 2014 March Classic Conference.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station, has become known and loved by many Ontario families after his most recent five-month tour in space. Hadfield, was born and raised on a grain farm in Sarnia Ontario, and became interested in space at a young age after watching the Apollo moon landing on television.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario looks forward to hearing about Chris Hadfield’s farming roots and unique career path,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “He has made Canadian history and we are excited and proud to announce that he will be our keynote speaker for the 2014 March Classic.”

Hadfield brought excitement to the Canadian space program and science through his interactions from the space station to Earth during his 2013 expedition. He used Skype to talk with students about what it takes to be an astronaut, made videos showing how everyday tasks can be performed without gravity, and shared photos from space with more than one million Twitter followers. One of his most popular social media activities is the YouTube video of himself performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the space station:

The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing over 600 attendees from farms across Ontario. This year the conference will be held Monday March 17, 2014 at the London Convention Centre. Stay tuned for more announcements as planning is well underway for an “out of this world” conference!

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.


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