2017 ECFWA Annual General Meeting Notification
(February 15, 2017)

Mark your calendars!  On Thursday, May 11th we invite you to join us at the Vineland Research Centre in the Niagara region for our Annual General Meeting.  The theme of the day will be centered around ‘Innovation in Niagara’. Guest speakers will deliver presentations on agriculture in the Niagara Region, followed by a delicious lunch from a local caterer.  In the afternoon, you won’t want to miss the tour of the research station, followed by a tour and tasting at Dillon’s Distillery.

Register online

Passing of Henry Heald 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Henry Heald’s family and loved ones at this time. Henry passed on November 17, 2016 at the age of 88. He was a Life Member of the  Canadian Farm Writers Federation.

A reception will be held on Sunday, December 4, from 2-4 p.m., at Carleton Memorial United Church, 740 Melfa Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario.

Details for Henry Heald's obituary with an on-line condolences link can be found below.

His biography also appears on our website at http://ecfwa.ca/lifetime-members--2

Rest in peace, Henry.

Karen Dallimore earns 2016 ECFWA bursary
Congratulations to Karen Dallimore, winner of the 2016 bursary to attend the annual CFWF conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Karen is a freelance writer for agriculture and equiculture with her business Words for Hire. Her articles appear regularly in Ontario Farmer and Country Routes among others. When Karen is not writing, she can be found on horseback or helping others enjoy their horses. Karen has been an ECFWA member since 2004 serving as a director for many years.

The travel bursary is handed out annually to an ECFWA member and covers up to $700 towards the expenses to attend the national conference. To be eligible, Karen wrote an essay on why she would like to attend the conference.

Speaking about past conferences, she says “the opportunity to travel across our own country every year adds to my perspective, helping me to find stories and write about topics in a way that resonates to a larger audience.”

Karen is looking forward to diving into the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Saskatchewan Surprise.’

“People may be the same but the challenges they face are unique to their region. Does a farmer in Saskatchewan experience the same challenges as a farmer in Southern Ontario? That’s what I’d like to find out through attending the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Annual Conference.”
We’ll be looking forward to her reports from Saskatoon.
The 2016 CFWF conference runs from September 29-October 1. The full agenda and registration details are posted at www.saskfarmwriters.ca

Join us for our Winter 2016 PD session March 31st:

‘How farm organizations are changing the way they communicate with their members’
Join ECFWA’s panel discussion at the Syngenta Boardroom in Guelph to hear from farm organizations and a researcher with proven, practical advice about the most effective ways to communicate with farmer members. Panelists from Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Federation ofAgriculture and Ipsos Agriculture and Animal Health will discuss trends, challenges and successes when communicating to farmers and members of their organizations.  Our own #farm365 dairy farmer, Andrew Campbell, will moderate the panel. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from the front lines of communication. And it’s free for members!


Details of our 2016 AGM are still being finalized, but save the date - Wednesday May 11th - and join us at the Caledon Golf Club on the edge of the picturesque Niagara Escarpment as we look at ‘Agri-Tourism – Diversifying the Farm’. Our special guest speakers include Town of Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, following the journey of this award-winning dairy farmer who now finds himself at the helm of municipal politics, and Michelle Harris, Executive Director of the Headwaters Tourism Association, who will provide an overview of agri-tourism opportunities for farmers in the Headwaters area or right across the province. Lunch will be a Food Fair sampling of local treats from farm caterers, brought to us by the farmers themselves, followed by a local farm tour. It’s free for members! Watch for registration information soon.

Look under the 'events' tab of this website for more information.