Farm Facts and Furrows

Livestock Handling Seminars with Curt Pate

Three workshops in the Northeast are being held from 9 am to 3 pm at the following locations: October 7, New Liskeard – TBD; October 8, Algoma, Ron Bonnett Farm; and October 9, Massey, Ervin Martin Farm. At the Massey location, a Beef Cattle Codes of Practice workshop with Dan Ferguson from Beef Farmers of Ontario will occur immediately after the handling workshop. For more details about the Massey area workshops, please call Adrien Verhoeven at 705-865-2480.

Speakers’ Bureau Training Program

A day-long presentation skills workshop for farmers and agri-food industry professionals. A minimum of 15 participants are required to hold a workshop in the North. Farm and Food Care recently published the newest edition of The Real Dirt on Farming, and with it comes The Real Dirt on Farming Speakers’ Bureau training sessions. A course will be held in Sudbury at the Anderson Farm Museum Stable (156 Main Street, Lively) on November 19. Lunch and all workshop materials will be provided. For farmers and agribusiness people alike, the Speakers’ Bureau series of workshops is designed to encourage those involved in agriculture to tell their stories – what they do and why they do it – to non-farming audiences like school groups, service clubs, municipal councils and more. It’s a program designed to better equip those interested in engaging more urban audiences, and help them clear up misconceptions about Canadian agriculture. The program sessions run from 10 am to 4 pm on the scheduled day, and includes (but is not limited to): A review of Microsoft Power Point slides based on The Real Dirt on Farming; how to customize slides to include your story; speaking and presentation tips and techniques; how to answer the tough questions; and how to find speaking opportunities in your area. Participants will also be provided with copies of the latest Real Dirt on Farming booklet and other related resources. Space is limited to the first 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Lunch and all workshop materials will be included. Those interested in registering can email Matt McIntosh at Farm and Food Care: or call their office at (519)-837-1326, extension 235. Help Canadians get The Real Dirt on Farming. Speak up and tell your farming story!