Upcoming Nib Schedule 2019


Deadline for submission of information to be included: February 21st

Nib Distribution Date: February 28th



Deadline for submission of information to be included: April 12th

Nib Distribution Date: April 19th


Submission of Information to be Included: Please send any information you wish to have included in an edition of the Nib to Communications Coordinator Jess Nicholson at communications@ecfwa.ca. Eligible information includes: Niblets (updates on personal accomplishments of members - ie. new job, marriage, child, etc.), summary of ECFWA affiliated event, job postings, upcoming ECFWA affiliated event, other relevant upcoming professional development opportunities, etc.).

The Nib - The Official Newsletter of ECFWA

ECFWA - The Nib- October 2018
The Nib - October 2018

In this edition

Prez Says
CFWF Bursary Winner
Membership Social Recap: September 12
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show: September 11-13
Membership Social Recap: July 18
Current Job Postings
Meet Your Board
Welcome New Members
Communications Items to Note


Prez Says 
Meaghan Ryersee, ECFWA President

The times they are a changing', or so the song goes. As summer gives way to fall, the most obvious signs of change can be seen all around us as the leaves change and the crops dry down.

Members of ECFWA recently returned from Winnipeg, Manitoba, where our provincial hosts treated us to a jam-packed event that highlighted the many aspects of Manitoba's diverse agricultural sector. The Changing Faces of Agriculture gave us a taste of how Manitoba farmers, processors and agri-businesses are embracing change and achieving success.

So how do we as farm writers keep up to changing journalism and communications practices? Let us know what professional development opportunities might help you keep pace and plan to attend our next PD event, taking place in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Please also join me in congratulating Rachel Telford, current ECFWA 1st Vice President, on her recent appointment to the CFWF Board as Vice President. Rachel is a tremendous contributor to the ECFWA board and will continue to serve our membership while she takes on this new role. Thank you Rachel, for all you do for ECFWA and CFWF.


CFWF Bursary Winner

Congratulations to Matt McIntosh!

As a fourth year member of ECFWA, Matt has attended a number of ECFWA affiliated events, and with the help of this bursary, Matt had the opportunity to attend this year's CFWF Conference in Winnipeg, MB. Here, he expanded his knowledge of Canadian agriculture, and experienced further professional development opportunities. Look for more on Matt's experience at CFWF in a CFWF recap email, still to come.

A big congratulations to Matt, and a special thanks to all other applicants. Don't forget to apply next year for an opportunity to attend the CFWF 2019 Conference!



Membership Social Recap: September 12
Woodstock, Ontario

 Following day 2 of Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, on Tuesday, September 12, ECFWA members made their way to Charles Dickens restaurant in Woodstock for an evening of good food and great conversation. 

Members were able to recap their day at the show, and discuss the array of changes, challenges and opportunities being experienced in the world of agricultural communicators.

Following two successful summer socials, the ECFWA board looks forward to more professional development opportunities, come November.

Thanks to all who attended!


 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show: September 11-13 
Woodstock, Ontario

This year's Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, in Woodstock, ON, had even more reason to celebrate this year, with 25 years of history. The show's 25th anniversary brought 42,600 attendees from across Canada, as well as some international guests. The show featured 750 exhibitors who showcased a wide array of agricultural products and services, as well as live demonstrations of equipment.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, show organizers arranged a 25th anniversary celebration for exhibitors, including those who have exhibited at the show throughout its entire 25 year history in the area. With guests coming from across Canada, as well as some international attendees, Canada's Outdoor Farm Show has put Oxford County on the map for far-away guests, and also brings annual local entertainment for the entire family.

Here's to the next 25 years of Canada's Outdoor Farm Show!


Membership Social Recap: July 18 
Durham County, Ontario

ECFWA members traveled from both ends of the province to Bowmanville to attend this remarkable summer social.

Attendees were treated to a presentation from ECFWA and CFWF past president John Greig, who spoke about his experiences and how his ECFWA membership has led him around the world and helped him gain contact with agricultural writers and communicators, beneficial to his role as editor of Farmtario, Ontario's newest ag publication.

Following John's presentation was Vladimir Kalgulin, who spoke of his life in Russia as an operator of dairy farm retail stores, an African violet shop, and editor of Russia's only magazine dedicated to African violets.

Archibald's Winery, Bowmanville's only winery, treated ECFWA members to a tour of the vast orchards and tasting of an array of fruit wines and ciders. An animated Fred Archibald shared the story of his family's small orchard and winery that he and his wife Sandy operate. 

The event wrapped up with a dairy tour at Benrise Dairy farms, followed by Holstein Club, where ECFWA members and dairy farmers alike shared a delicious meal, while enjoying live music and the beautiful scenery. 

Many thanks to our presenters, to Archibalds, and to Benrise Dairy farms for making this event so enjoyable, and to ECFWA Directors Suzanne Atkinson and Maggy Van Camp for organizing.

To all ECFWA members who made the trip to Bowmanville for this social, we thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the next opportunity coming up in November.


Current Job Postings 

Country Guide Magazine - Full Time Reporter

Job postings are eligible to be posted on the ECFWA website, and can be shared via social media and email to ECFWA members. This service is free to members and sponsors; non-members may share a posting for a fee. For more information, please contact ECFWA secretary treasurer, Mary Feldskov at secretarytreasurer@ecfwa.ca 


Meet Your Board

President: Meaghan Ryersee, Syngenta Canada Inc., president@ecfwa.ca
First Vice-President: Rachel Telford, Grain Farmers of Ontario, 1stvicepresident@ecfwa.ca
Second Vice-President: Kelsey Johnson, iPolitics, 2ndvicepresident@ecfwa.ca
Communications Coordinator: Jess Nicholson, Salford Group, communications@ecfwa.ca
Secretary Treasurer: Mary Feldskov, Freelance Writer, secretarytreasurer@ecfwa.ca
Past President: Sharon Grose

Suzanne Atkinson, Freelance Writer
Greta Chiu, Greenhouse Canada
Maggie Van Camp, Country Guide
Marty Brett, Chicken Farmers of Canada
Maegan MacKimmie, Grain Farmers of Ontario

For this edition of the Nib, ECFWA directors Marty Brett and Maegan Mackimmie are featured with bios and headshots. Enjoy!

Marty Brett
A journalist by training, Marty has been a member of Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) since 2000. Since 2007, he has served as the CFC representative to the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education - also known for the programs FightBAC! and Be Food Safe. He has also been the CFC representative to the Nutrient Rich Alliance, a nutrition-based group that gathers the animal product commodities together for policy and nutrition discussions.

As Senior Corporate Communications Officer, Marty is responsible for corporate communications and media relations. He is the editor of the Chicken Farmer newsletter as well as the organization's annual report and a contributor to the online environments at chicken.ca and chickenfarmers.ca. He regularly works alongside his colleagues in event planning, strategic partnerships, sponsorships - such as Swimming Canada - and networking with fellow communicators.

Maegan MacKimmie
Maegan MacKimmie holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Guelph, a diploma in print journalism from Sheridan College, and a post-graduate certificate in public relations and communications from Humber College. She has worked on communication projects for TROT Magazine, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

MacKimmie is Communications Lead at Grain Farmers of Ontario. She is responsible for representing farmer-member interests, leading communications projects and events, writing for the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine, as well as supervising the Grain Discovery Zone ambassador program.


Welcome New Members 

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest members:

Stephanie Gordon, Valerie MacDonald, Kate Ayers, Emily Haramule, Pat Logan, Patrick Girard, Kim Sabourin and Kelly McCarthy.

Of course, thank you also to our existing membership, both long-standing and new. We hope to continue to welcome new members throughout the year and have all of our membership base benefit from the ECFWA.


Communications Items to Note

The Nib will returning to a regular schedule! Please see the ECFWA website for a full schedule of when the Nib will be released, and when the due date is to submit any stories to be included.

Should you have any Niblets that you would like included, please send them to ECFWA communications coordinator, Jessica Nicholson at communications@ecfwa.ca prior to the Nib's deadline in order to be featured. Niblets should include personal announcements about ECFWA members, such as job changes/promotions, marriage, maternity leave/birth announcements, etc. 

Please also note, you will soon be receiving a summation of the CFWF event in Winnipeg, MB. Stay tuned!

The Nib is a distribution for members, by members of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers' Association.

Editor: Jess Nicholson
Twitter: @jessknicholson

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Past Issues of The Nib

June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
January 2018
July 2017 (PDF)
January 2017
October 2016
June 2016
March 2016
November 2015
June 2015
Winter 2015