More than 450 delegates from 40 countries are in the city this week.
Conference co-chair Warren Helgason says discussions will center on sustainable agricultural water management.
“The theme of the conference is climate change and how that is affecting agriculture. How more sustainable water use, better irrigation practices and better drainage practices can help mitigate the risk to producers in the face of climate change.”
The conference will have a special session on different models for financing irrigation.
“One of the big challenges facing irrigation in Saskatchewan is funding. How do we grow the industry when the infrastructure costs are so high? The days of waiting for the government to simply stroke a cheque has long passed. We need to look to other models.”
Specialists will participate in a session/panel discussion to talk about how irrigation is financed and developed in other areas of the world.
Delegates will also tour irrigated farms and research projects south of Saskatoon and in the Outlook district.