Farms at the Table Conference "engaging and motivational"
"Engaging and motivational."
"Worth every minute."
"More discussions like this need to happen."
These were some of the comments shared by the over 150 participants who attended the third annual 'Farms at the Table' Conference that took place December 14 & 15 in Saskatoon.
The conference continues to grow as a project of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), a coalition of farm families, agribusinesses, processors, retailers and others who focus on answering consumer questions about food and farming.
"People are inundated with information about their food these days," said Clinton Monchuk, FFC SK Executive Director. "This conference is to help those in the industry learn more about how to engage in meaningful conversations about food and farming."
The most talked-about presentation on this year's agenda was a panel of consumers who shared thoughts and opinions about their food choices. "What a great opportunity to learn directly from six representative consumers," said Monchuk. "We were interested to note that price continues to be the top factor in consumers' buying decisions at the grocery store. It was also clear that consumers are eager to hear more about food production directly from farmers."
Another first for the conference was the announcement of the two winners of the new Food & Farming Champion Award. Dr. Leigh Rosengren, a veterinarian, epidemiologist and beef producer from Midale, SK, was honoured for her work to encourage prudent antimicrobial (antibiotic) use in livestock production. The Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) was selected as the industry recipient for their License to Farm documentary which encourages farmer involvement in building public trust in food and farming.
"Every year, our conference gets bigger and better. It's great to see all the industry support for this event."
FFC SK would like to say thank you to the conference sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible: The French's Food Company, Agriculture More Than Ever and Farm Credit Canada, O&T Farms, New Life Mills, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Star Egg Company, Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, SaskCanola, SaskPork, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, Saskatchewan Egg Producers, SaskMilk and Government of Saskatchewan.
For more information, please visit farmfoodcaresk.org, or contact:
Executive Director, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
Office: 306.477.FOOD (3663)
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.