In this issue: Welcome the new Executive Director Ag Month * Annual Conference Champion Award...
September 2016 Newsletter
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is pleased to announce that Clinton Monchuk, currently CEO of Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, has accepted the position of Executive Director for FFC SK tasked with promoting awareness of the province's agriculture industry. He is scheduled to begin October 1st, 2016.

"Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is an organization I have supported since its launch two years ago and I am very excited to be assuming th e role of Executive Director," said Monchuk.
See the Press Release  for  more details. 
AgMonth Ag Month: #OurFoodHasAStory

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Agriculture  h as declared t his year's theme  "Our Food Has a Story." 

This is a great opportunity to tell your story. Whether it's sharing harvest pictures and video on social media or hosting a Real Dirt on Farming public presentation about food and farming, there are numerous ways to spread awareness about agriculture in our province this October.

Stay tuned to and follow us on  Twitter  for upcoming events, contests, and opportunities to tell your story! 
TrainingSessionFall Speakers Training Sessions
We are gearing up for our next round of Real Dirt on Farming Speakers Training sessions this fall. If you have friends or family who are interested in taking this workshop, have them contact us at
Our training sessions will be offered in the following communities:
October 5, 2016: Saskatoon, SK - Student's Workshop
November 29, 2016 - Estevan, SK - Public Workshop
TBA - North Battleford, SK - Public Workshop
TBA - Yorkton, SK - Public Workshop

Dates and details to follow on
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Annua l Conference
December 14-15, 2016
Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

December 14th - Networking Event
More details to come... stay tuned!

December 15th - Farm & Food Care Conference
The FFC SK AGM, along with an amazing line-up of influential speakers this year who will be presenting at the conference

See below for more details.


Crystal Mackay: CEO, Farm & Food Care Canada
Topic:  Social license, public trust and transparency...Connecting the dots with Canadians and our food
Let's begin with the end in mind and find out what Canadians think about our food and farming.  Crystal will share highlights from the 2016 public trust research study from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity and action plans for how to do better on our next public trust report card.
Andy Vance: Journalist, Broadcaster and Media Expert
Topic: First World Problems: Feeding a World Where Emotion Trumps Science
Blog entries, Facebook updates, Tweets, Instagram pics, Pins, and Vines - there are countless ways for farmers and food marketers to interact with consumers directly via the internet. While staring down the barrel of a rapidly growing and increasingly affluent population, Andy sets the stage for effectively conveying agriculture's story, revealing strategies to maximize your influence online.
John F. T. Scott: Retail Industry Speaker, Consultant and Former CEO
Topic: Trust by Verify: Why 'Social License' Matters Now
John F.T. Scott speaks, writes and consults on the food distribution sector. He is the author of "Perspectives on the Retail Food Industry," an itinerant publication that explores various aspects of the industry. He will discuss how the demand for transparency in the retail sector has affected farmer's social license.  
Kevin M. Folta: Professor & Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Topic : Connecting Consumers to Agriculture and Science
How can we be more effective in talking about food and farming technology when talking to a concerned public?  The answer is counter-intuitive.

Official Registration to Follow

Sponsorship opportunities available! Contact our office for details. 

Food & Farming Champion Award

The "Food & Farming Champion" Award is presented to individuals, organizations or businesses who have taken the initiative to help engage consumers about agriculture in our province.

Nominees have used their skills to help inform consumers about production practices and have done a measurable job of promoting our industry. The selection committee will choose a winner from the nominations and the award will be presented at the Annual Conference in December. 

Nominations are due at the FFC SK office by 
September 30th

Taste of Saskatchewan
We had another successful year at the Chef's Series Stage at Taste of SK
For the second year in a row FFC SK partnered with SaskTel Centre and local industry groups to offer a Chopped! Canada style culinary competition during the festival.

Last year's success doubled the roster and the excitement as 15 chefs battled their way through six days of competitions for the title of Top Chef Saskatchewan while multiple cooking demonstrations and a Meet a Farmer day rounded out the event.

Thanks Volunteers!

A big thank you to our Real Dirt on Farming graduates and farmer volunteers who helped us out at the inaugural Meet a Farmer event this year! 
We had a great time!

RM Presentations  RM
This spring we asked our members and supporters to approach their RMs in hopes they would join our membership. We would like to thank all of our champions who have made this initiative successful. 

To date we have signed up the following:
RM of Arm River No. 252
RM of Browning No. 34
RM of Corman Park No. 344
RM of Lakeside No. 338
RM of Medstead No. 497
RM of Spalding  No. 368
RM of Spiritwood No. 496
RM of Wilton No. 472

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in approaching an RM for a $1000 supporting membership, please Contact Us and we will send you an RM presentation package! 
We have developed two RM presentations, a 7 minute presentation and a 20 minute presentation.  We will also provide you with membership packages for each council member and copies of the Saskatchewan version of the Real Dirt on Farming.  
Farm Tours TOURS
One of Farm & Food Care's mandates is to connect consumers with information on food and farming . We're doing this by bringing our audiences right to the farm! Our farm tour program has grown this year to include three separate tours targeted to different consumer groups and they are designed to educate non-farmers on where their food comes from and what Saskatchewan has to offer. 

The  Food Influencer's Tour is a three day journey that explores all facets of Saskatchewan agriculture. Participants include national and international media writers and editors, food bloggers, chefs and dietitians. The Students Tour brings together students from the the University of Saskatchewan's College of Nutrition and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Culinary program for a day of discovering the great food we grow in our province.  Finally, new to this year's program, the Dietitian's Tour is a joint effort with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, SaskPulse and CropLife that targets local dietitians and dietetic interns and introduces them to the producers of some of Saskatchewan's most wholesome foods. 

If you would like further information about any of these tours, please contact our office.
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