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ECFWA - The Nib- April 2018
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The Nib - April 2018

In this edition:
ECFWA AGM May 21-22
Enter the ECFWA photo contest!
Time to renew your membership
Welcome to new members

Register now for the ECFWA AGM

May 21-22   
Ottawa, Ontario
‘Where Agriculture Meets Ottawa’

ECFWA’s annual general meeting is just over a month away and we can’t wait to welcome you all to Ottawa! (While its still snowing now, we’re hoping the tulips will be in full bloom by AGM time!)  Register now!

We’ve got a great program planned that’s designed to shine some light on the agriculture community that calls the nation’s capital home. If you’ve never visited Parliament Hill this will likely be one of your last chances as Centre Block, parliament’s main building, is set to undergo ten years of renovations and is scheduled to close later this year! 

A full agenda can be found on the ECFWA website so be sure to check it out. While it is subject to change, the goal is to highlight as much as we can about a day in the life of an Aggie in Ottawa including a tour of parliament, panel discussions with agriculture writers and government relations folks as well as a real treat – lunch in the parliamentary restaurant. 

Please remember Parliament Hill is a working building. We ask that members conduct themselves accordingly. The deadline to register is May 4.

For those coming in from out of town, we have secured a room block at the Novotel Hotel at 33 Nicholas Street. The discounted room rate of $129/night is applicable for the nights of Friday, May 18, 2018 to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 for a 'Next Generation King' room. The booking reference code is 618202. 
Book now! Reservations must be made by April 23, 2018 to guarantee the discounted rate. Please Note: a one week cancellation/change policy is in effect for bookings.
The hotel does have parking with in and out privileges. Please note it is $28/day.

The Parliamentary Press Gallery has agreed to issue press passes for the Tuesday portion of the AGM to allow us better access to Parliament Hill. This requires a list of names be submitted to the gallery ahead of time. As such, last minute additions for the Tuesday portion will not be possible. 

We hope to see you in Ottawa next month!



ECFWA Photo Contest


Hit us with your best shots.

Enter the 2018 ECFWA Photo Contest.

Are your camera angles as good as your story angles? Then send in your best Canadian agriculture and farm photos to the 2018 ECFWA Photo Contest. 

Deadline is April 30. Visit the contest website to find out more. 


Time to renew your membership! 

It's that time of year again! Your membership to ECFWA will expire on April 30.
(Note: membership for new members who signed up after Jan. 1, 2018 is extended until April 30, 2019) 

Membership is a great value at only $60 and gives you access to all the events, professional development, awards programs and more offered by ECFWA, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation (CFWF), and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). 

Renewing is simple! 

1. Visit our website to pay online using your Paypal account or a major credit card.
2. Send an interac e-transfer to
3. Mail a cheque payable to ECFWA to Mary Feldskov, 4 Eldale Road, Elmira, ON N3B2C8.
4. Send an email to to request a formal invoice, if necessary.

Returning members do not need to fill out a membership form, but if you need to make changes to your contact information, please do so by clicking on the "update my preferences" link at the bottom of this email.


Welcome to our new members

Mila Maric, Kenna
Madison Spyk, SeCan
Caitlin MacDougall, McGill University
Craig Jones, Kenna
Madeline Rodrigue, Farm & Food Care Ontario
Yannick Patelli, La Vie agricole



Marianne Clark and her partner Sean welcomed Marilla Bea Clark Stolp, born February 10. Marilla is the granddaughter of Margaret Boyd. Congratulations!

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Past Issues of The Nib

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