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Dirt On Farming Speakers’ Bureau

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From a Release

Farm & Food Care is very pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new training program for Ontario farmers.

Farmers now have the opportunity to improve their presentation skills through Farm & Food Care’s Dirt on Farming Speakers Bureau program. Set to launch this fall, the program will offer presentation skills training for farmers and agri-business professionals interested in learning how to give effective presentations on farm-related topics.

The training will accompany the launch of a new version of The Real Dirt on Farming booklet. In 2006 and again in 2010, Farm & Food Care (formerly the Ontario Farm Animal Council) wrote and produced the acclaimed booklet The Real Dirt on Farming: The People in Canadian Agriculture Answer your Questions. The booklet was published with the support of agricultural organizations and companies in all provinces. If you’re not familiar with the 2010 edition, it’s posted on our website at http://www.farmfoodcare.org/the-real-dirt-on-farming

The booklet is Farm & Food Care’s most successful consumer piece. Over 200,000 copies have been distributed across Canada and online in French and English. The unique publication provides perspective on a variety of topics that Canadians have indicated are important to them in public attitudes studies, ranging from agricultural demographics to biotechnology to environmental issues. It’s designed to provide the basic facts on some common but complex topics in farming, with lots of references for people who would like more information. The new booklet will be printed and available for distribution in early November, 2014.

Agriculture and its issues are constantly changing. As such, in 2014, the Farm & Food Care Foundation will be updating and reprinting The Real Dirt on Farming and developing a new suite of accompanying resources – including the new Speakers’ Bureau.

With this training, participants will be better equipped to give customizable presentations to local service clubs, school groups and other audiences. We’re creating five sample presentations based on content from the Real Dirt on Farming on key topics like animal care, farming and the environment, food safety on the farm, myth busting and farming 101. In the day-long workshops, we’ll show participants how to use those presentations to create presentations specifically about you and your farms or farm businesses. As speakers, you will also be given copies of the new Dirt on Farming booklet to leave with your future audiences.

As a start, four workshops are being organized in the following areas of the province:

  • November 18 – Metcalfe Fairgrounds
  • November 20 – Peterborough Lions Den
  • November 25 –Municipal Centre Boardroom, Ridgetown
  • November 27 – Ontario Agri Centre, Guelph

More courses will be offered in the winter months in Ontario in several other locations and our plan is to offer courses in other provinces in Canada later in 2015.

The day-long workshops are free of charge, although space will be limited to the first 20 participants in each. If you’d like to register or be put on a list for information about courses in your area, email info@farmfoodcare.org.

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