Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan believes that getting to know farmers and ranchers equals getting to know food. We strive to find new and innovative ways to introduce farmers, ranchers and others involved in food production to their customers and consumers to their food.
Our members represent most of the major agricultural groups in Saskatchewan, along with food processors, agri-business, government and individuals who support our vision of connecting consumers to food and farming.
Recognizing Agriculture Supporters in Saskatchewan
“Champion” – a person, or persons, who work to promote Saskatchewan agriculture and help farmers build public trust.
The “Food & Farming Champion” Award is presented to an individual who has taken the initiative to help engage or educate consumers about agriculture in our province. Nominees have used their skills to help inform consumers or correct misinformation about production practices, and done a measurable job of promoting our industry. The selection committee will choose a winner from the nominations and the award recipient will be honoured at the Annual Conference each year. Special consideration will be taken for organizations and businesses who are nominated and meet the criteria. The judging panel may elect to award both an individual and an organization/business in the same year.
- Nominations are open to any who have taken an active role in promoting Saskatchewan food and farming and helping secure social licence or build public trust in the industry. Applications must be as detailed as possible. See the attached Criteria for more details.
- Nominations must be received at the Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) office by September 30th each year.
- A nominated individual or group does not have to be a member of FFC SK to be eligible.
- Nominees must be a resident of Saskatchewan.
- Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including the FFC SK Board.
- Current board members are not eligible for nomination.
- Members may nominate more than one individual, organization or business.
- A panel will select the award winner(s)
Those who are nominated but do not win in the current year will stay in the nomination pool for two more years with two more opportunities to receive recognition for their hard work.
Award recipients will be announced at the FFC SK Annual Conference December 13 & 14, 2017.
2016 Food & Farming Champion Award Recipients
Due to the caliber of the submissions and the nature of the award, FFC SK decided to recognize two winners this year, one individual and one organization.
Dr. Leigh Rosengren is a veterinarian, epidemiologist and beef producer from Midale, SK, where she lives with her husband Colin and children Tim (11), Brette (8), and Nate (6). Dr. Rosengren was nominated for the Food & Farming Champion Award for her research, education and advocacy in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and prudent antimicrobial use in livestock production. She is the go to expert for interviews and articles relating to antibiotic use in animals and has developed and delivered education and awareness initiatives across the province.
Dr. Rosengren has contributed to local and national boards and committees and is active on social media, promoting Saskatchewan’s beef industry, animal welfare and sustainable production. In her spare time she operates her grain, and beef farm, pens the blog “exploring food, farming & fear” and has committed her family to putting her messaging into practice.
The Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) was selected as an industry recipient for their work in developing and marking the License to Farm documentary. This initiative has brought a great deal of attention to the issues farmers deal with in the effort to earn and keep public trust. SaskCanola’s communications tool has sparked conversations on important topics affecting agriculture today, including social license. They approached the topic from the standpoint of a complete agriculture industry, as opposed to one commodity viewpoint, and communicated a powerful message that stood to speak on behalf of growers everywhere.
Since its launch in January 2016 this documentary has been viewed over 80,000 times in 163 countries and earned over 2 million social media impressions. License to Farm received an amazing seven awards at the 2016 Canadian Agri-Marketing Association’s (CAMA) annual gala, including Best of Show Public Relations Programs and Marketing and Communication Campaigns.
The Food & Farming Champion awards were presented on December 15th, 2016 at Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan’s Farms at the Table Conference in Saskatoon, SK.