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Work in Agriculture? Do you get frequent questions about farming?

Oct-18-2016

(SASKATOON, SK)  Hormones, GMOs, organic, conventional...is my food safe? Consumers today are bombarded with information about their food. What does it all mean? How is the food we eat actually produced?

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) has a mission to engage consumers in a conversation about food and farming and assist in answering these tough questions. To do this, they are enlisting the help of Saskatchewan's agriculture sector to engage consumers in a discussion about where their food comes from.

Based on a national publication called The Real Dirt on Farming, FFC SK offers a speakers training workshop for people who work closely with agriculture and want to be able to answer questions about food production.  Whether they're farmers, ranchers, equipment dealers, chemical reps, agronomists, retailers, or bankers, all ag sector employees are invited to attend this one-day workshop to brush up on their industry knowledge and pick up some tools to help respond to the tough questions.

It is more important than ever for farmers, ranchers and others who work in the ag industry to speak up about food production methods. "In this age of uncertainty, it's no wonder that people are confused about farming and many in this industry are frustrated." says Cherilyn Nagel of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan. "The information in The Real Dirt on Farming is a great tool to help answer consumer's questions and the Speakers Training program helps package it in a way that is easy to share."

Nagel farms with her husband and two daughters near Mossbank in south-central Saskatchewan and facilitates the workshops. "I'm a farmer, but I'm also a mom who shops for food for her family. I know how confusing it is out there and I know how regularly I get questions about GMOs, pesticides and other production practices," Nagel says. "During these sessions, we will talk about some of the issues that people are wondering about and how best to answer those difficult questions."

The workshops will take place as follows:

Yorkton
Monday, October 24, 2016  9:30 am to 3 pm
Registration: $75.00 + GST
Lunch Included
Location:
St Mary's Cultural Centre, 240 Wellington Ave, Yorkton, SK
Register here

North Battleford
Wednesday, November 9, 2016  9:30 am to 3 pm
Registration: $75.00 + GST
Lunch Included
Location:
Saskatchewan Agriculture Regional Office, 1192-102nd Street, North Battleford, SK
Register here

Estevan
Tuesday, November 29, 2016  9:30 am to 3 pm CST
Registration: $75.00 + GST
Lunch Included
Location:
Estevan Legion Hall, 1317 4th Street, Estevan, SK
Register here

Attendees will receive a free copy of the Speakers Training Manual, a digital copy of the presentation slides and copies of The Real Dirt on Farming publications which address the top 10 questions Canadian consumers have about farming and food production.

For more information and to register visit farmfoodcaresk.org/events, or contact:

Adele Buettner
Project Manager, FFC SK
306.477.FOOD (3663)
office@farmfoodcaresk.org

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is a whole-sector coalition made up of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and more. Together, we help tell the stories of the farmers who work hard to grow the fresh Saskatchewan food that we enjoy so much. FFC SK works to provide a coordinated effort and a unified voice, connecting farm gates to our dinner plates.