Seeking nominations for the Food & Farming Champion Award
Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017
(SASKATOON, SK) Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is seeking nominations for the second year of the Food & Farming Champion Award. This award was designed to shine a light on the people who work hard to promote Saskatchewan agriculture and help farmers build public trust in our food industry. "We had tremendous success with the award last year and received nine nominations from all sectors of the industry." says FFC SK's Executive Director, Clinton Monchuk. "We put more detail into our nomination criteria and we are looking to carry forward that momentum into this year."
The Food & Farm Champion Award is bestowed upon individuals who have taken the initiative to speak up about agriculture in Saskatchewan. Nominees are judged on ten pillars of public trust: advocacy, communication, leadership, participation, support, policy, teaching, publications, innovation, and research. Candidates have demonstrated the use of their skills to help engage consumers or correct misinformation about production practices, and have done a measurable job of promoting the agriculture sector. For more details, download the nomination form or check out farmfoodcaresk.org.
Saskatchewan veterinarian and epidemiologist, Dr. Leigh Rosengren, was the 2016 recipient of the Food & Farming Champion Award. Her work in the research, education and advocacy of prudent antimicrobial use in livestock production, along with her consistent media and social media presences made her an ideal candidate.
Being the inaugural year, FFC SK also considered organizations and businesses who have made an impact on public opinion of farming in the province. SaskCanola was nominated and received the award for their development of the Licence to Farm documentary. "This award winning film is a great tool to spread the message to farmers that we need to speak up about what we do so someone else doesn't speak for us." says Monchuk.
Nominations are to be submitted to the FFC SK office by September 30, 2017. The selection committee will choose a winner from the nominations and award winners will be honoured at the Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Annual Conference on December 13 & 14 in Saskatoon, SK.
FFC SK is a non-profit organization that seeks to build confidence in Saskatchewan food production - to let consumers know that the food we produce is healthy, safe and responsibly grown; that farmers and ranchers are innovative, technologically advanced and care deeply about the animals and land they work with. With less than 3% of Canadians having a direct link to the farm, concerted consumer outreach is more important than ever.
For more information, contact:
Executive Director, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
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