“Farms at the Table” Conference: December 13 & 14, 2017

Farms at the Table Conference

The Farms at the Table Conference provides a forum to discuss opportunities for connecting with consumers. It also provides a venue for the agriculture industry to share strategies and information, and connect the dots between what each one of us contributes to help feed the world. Let’s come together at the table with ideas, enthusiasm and innovative recipes for success.


7:00 PM – 10:00 PM December 13, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM December 14, 2017
Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

7:00 p.m.TABLE TALK: Competing for Attention in the Online World
For this year’s Table Talk session, Farm & Food Care has invited a panel of farming and food bloggers from across Saskatchewan to discuss their experiences connecting to consumers online through the written word. As more and more people start to engage in conversations online it can be difficult for agriculture share its message effectively. Our panel will be asked to comment on a variety of issues, such as: how they craft and promote their messages, what kind of conversations are they engaged in online and how they feel the ag industry is doing in communicating to non-farmers. We’ll be asking our audience to participate in an interactive conversation about how we all connect online.
8:30 p.m.Continue the Conversation: Evening Mixer Reception
Along with our partners at Great Western Brewing Company, FFC SK is pleased to kick off the conference with a networking reception. Our Evening Mixer will allow our participants from across the industry to continue the conversation, network and build lasting relationships.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Agenda to come.

Speakers Include:

Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD LD
Topic: Food and Nutrition Trends in Today’s Marketplace

As a blogger, cookbook author, journalist, speaker and broadcast professional Carolyn enjoys reporting on food, nutrition and cuisine for websites, television, radio, magazines, and newspapers. She seeks out the best food facts by visiting farms and food producers while sampling some of the most fabulous restaurants and home cooked meals in the world. Her goal is to promote great health through good nutrition.

A celebrated food writer, specializing in dining out and culinary travel, Carolyn is a contributor to the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine and The Atlanta Magazine, a Modern Luxury publication. Her blog, featuring posts on food, nutrition, travel and healthy lifestyle is O’Neil on Eating.

As a journalist specializing in food and nutrition, Carolyn is a contributor and called upon as a nutrition expert for quotes in many national magazines including Self, Shape, Cooking Light, Redbook, Family Circle and WebMD Magazine.

Before reaching national fame as a best-selling author, O’Neil received nationwide acclaim as a television personality. During her tenure with CNN, O’Neil served as executive producer and senior correspondent for CNN’s award-winning On the Menu, which was consistently one of the network’s highest-rated weekend programs during its 16-year run. As anchor and senior correspondent for CNN Travel Now, she hosted programs on location from the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Saigon. Carolyn’s CNN reporting on the food and travel beats earned three James Beard Foundation Awards. She is a member of the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage.

Michele Payn, CauseMatters Corp. Connecting Gate to Plate
Topic: Translating Farm to Food

In 1978, she was dancing with cows and falling in love with farming. In 1988, she was milking those cows and finding that the rest of the world didn’t share her love of agriculture. In 1998, she began kickboxing and decided it was time to fight back for the agrifood business. In 2008, she added social media as a new fighting move. In 2018, she worries about who will define the face of agriculture.

Whether selling $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation, working with farmers in over 25 countries, or founding Cause Matters Corp. in west central Indiana, Michele continues to grow an understanding of food and farming. She’s known for moving hearts and minds through her speaking programs, social media community and books, No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table.

Michele Payn will be signing copies of her new book, Food Truths from Farm to Table after the program.

We are bringing back the Live Panel portion of our conference with Clinton Monchuk, our Executive Director, moderating a preselected, representative panel of Saskatchewan consumers to give you the chance to ask questions and get their views on agriculture and production practices.



Saskatoon Inn
2002 Airport Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7L 6M4

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