The Nib - The Official Newsletter of ECFWA

ECFWA - The Nib- May 2018
The Nib - May 2018

In this edition

2018 AGM
Apply now for the 2018 CFWF bursary
Winners of the 2018 photo contest
Time to renew your membership
Welcome to new members


Where politics and agriculture meet: Ottawa 2018

More than 30 farm writers gathered in our nation's capital May 21-22 for the 2018 ECFWA AGM. With many familiar faces and many more new ones, the event was a fantastic opportunity to network, to learn and to enjoy some wonderful food and hospitality.

The AGM kicked off on Monday evening, hosted at the iPolitics office on York Street in the Byward Market. Members enjoyed refreshments and took care of the annual business of the organization, including the election of board and officers, approving the 2017 financial statements and a discussion around communication and future events. The evening wrapped up with a panel discussion with John Muggeridge of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alex Binkley, an Ottawa-based freelance writer, and Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics titled "Then and now: what it's like to be a farm writer in Ottawa".

Tuesday's highlights included a panel discussion, hosted at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture office, with government relations professionals Lauren Kennedy from Chicken Farmers of Canada, Gary Stordy from the Canadian Pork Council, and John Masswhol from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. 

From there, the group took a short walk to Parliament Hill where they enjoyed a brief tour of the parliament buildings and a meet-and-greet with Conservative MP and agriculture critic John Barlow. Lunch followed in the Parliamentary Restaurant, and they were visited by the Honourable Lawrence McAuley, Minister of Agriculture.  ECFWA members then had the privilege to sit in the Press Gallery during Question Period. 

Thank you to the event committee of Kelsey Johnson and Rachel Telford, and the many board members, sponsors, volunteers and speakers for making this such a memorable and educational event!


Apply now for the 2018 ECFWA bursary to attend the CFWF conference in Manitoba

Apply by Friday, June 15

The bursary, valued at $1000, is intended to offset the cost of the conference for members paying their own way to the event. You must be a current (paid) member of ECFWA to be considered for this bursary. Find out more about eligibility and application procedure on the ECFWA website.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 ECFWA photo contest

See all the winning entries on the ECFWA photo contest page.

"People" category, sponsored by
Winner: Sharon Grose
Runners up: Diana Martin and Bruce Sargent

"Places" category, sponsored by 

Winner: Johnnie Belinda Cluff
Runners up: Bruce Sargent and Nicolas Mesly

"Things" category, sponsored by

Winner: Diana Martin
Runners up: Karen Dallimore and Bruce Sargent



Time to renew! 

If you haven't paid your 2018 membership dues, be sure to do so soon! Visit the ECFWA website to find out more. 


ECFWA extends a warm welcome to new members

Alexandra Hayden, Qu'Anglo Communications
Tom Van Dusen, freelance writer
Ian Cumming, freelance writer
David Folkerson, Canadian Horticultural Council
Victoria Berry, Grain Farmers of Ontario
Erin Gowriluk, Syngenta Canada Inc.
Shanna Stevens, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Jane Thorpe, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Stacey Ash, Ontario Pork
Céline Bourbonnais, Canadian Pork Council
Jess Campbell, Fresh Air Media
Julie Neal, Qu'Anglo Communications


Past Issues of The Nib

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