Boots, buckles and excellent editing

OSU logoThe following is a guest post by University of Guelph student Rebecca Hannam, who recently participated in a student exchange with ag communications students at Oklahoma State University.
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CanACT logoMembers of CanACT, the Canadian Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the University of Guelph visited Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently and learned that Oklahomans are proud of more than just their boots – their agricultural communicators are in style too!
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Advocacy, outreach and the social license to farm

What do an agricultural advocate, a US logger and an urban media specialist from Toronto have in common?

They will all be presenting at this year’s AGCare/Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) speakers’ program, which will focus on advocacy, outreach and the social license to farm. Continue reading Advocacy, outreach and the social license to farm

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Is farming on the right track?

An episode of Oprah, a hard-hitting Time magazine cover story, a film called Food Inc. – farming is under increased, often one-sided scrutiny leaving many people to wonder whether modern agriculture is on the right track.

Rob Hannam, President of Synthesis Agri-Food Consulting, believes it encourages everyone to do more to address public perceptions of farming, he told a meeting of the Guelph Partnership for Innovation I attended last week. Continue reading Is farming on the right track?

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Speaking champs crowned in Toronto

CYSA_JOCA_25_year_logo_smallThey’re young, they’re smart and they’re passionate. And this past Saturday afternoon, they were strutting their stuff as finalists in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
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Experience new world agriculture in Canada

ifaj-2011-logo-finalCanada is a land built on the foundations of agriculture and the hard work of generations of immigrants and farmers. These are the people who came to what was the “New World” to lay the groundwork for the life, culture and society we enjoy here today. Around the globe today, our country is admired as a producer of high quality food and as a leader in cutting edge agriculture.
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A writing award from Canadian Farm Writers!

And now for some shameless self promotion…

I was thrilled to be the recipient of a writing award at the recent Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) annual banquet. A news release I wrote last year called “What gardeners can learn from farmers” won a bronze in the Alice Switzer award category for news release writing. Continue reading A writing award from Canadian Farm Writers!

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Membership in farm writer group on the rise

These are interesting and exciting times to be in agriculture – and seemingly, even better times to be communicating about food and farming.

I’m basing this on the growing popularity of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association (ECFWA), which reported record membership numbers at its annual meeting in the Niagara Region today. Continue reading Membership in farm writer group on the rise

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