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The Nib -- June 2020
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The Nib - June 2020

In this edition

Prez says
Upcoming events
ECFWA photo contest winners
Meet your board of directors
CFWF awards
IFAJ resources
Time to renew your membership
Welcome to our new members


Prez says 
Rachel Telford, ECFWA President

Working from home during the pandemic over the past three months has given me a new appreciation for time, and the ability to take the time to enjoy special moments.
I don’t really mind my commute to work - taking the back roads gives me the opportunity to see what’s happening in the fields and listening to news talk radio keeps me updated on what’s happening in the world. But I have to admit, it has been nice to have those two and a half hours back every day.
Because I normally leave for work so early in the morning, breakfast with my daughter (she’s 4) used to only happen on weekends. Lately, we’ve been leisurely enjoying the time together on the front porch – listening to the birds, enjoying the sunrise, and watching the cows grazing in the field on the dairy farm across the road.
My daughter loves those cows - oh my, does she ever.  She yells good morning to them and says, ‘thank you for making my milk!’. She would be over there visiting those cows every day if she could. The year the field closest to us was planted to corn was devastating, because now ‘her’ cows were grazing farther away. She also loves dogs, and since she can’t have a cow, she wants what she calls a ‘cow dog’ – basically a large dog that is white and black like a cow (preferably a Landseer). I think her only hope is to be a farmer one day.
The pandemic took many things away – our ability to go places and see our friends and family. Some of us lost cherished loved ones. I’m thankful that no one in my family got sick.
As the province slowly re-opens and business returns to normal (or what will be the ‘new normal’), I know eventually I will return to my daily commute. But for now, I will enjoy a bit more porch time.

Upcoming events

We can't gather in-person, but we recognize that professional development and networking continue to be important for ECFWA members. While social distancing restrictions remain in place, we will be planning some virtual activities for our members. 

July 7: Farm Safety and Agriculture Writing
1 p.m.

Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.
Watch your email for regstration details from CFWF.

July 16 & August 20: ECFWA "virtual" socials
8 p.m.

Join us on the third Thursday of every month for a  virtual social hour via Zoom.
More information and registration at www.ecfwa.ca/events

August 12:  Registered dietician Jane Dummer
1 p.m.
How COVID-19 has influenced our diets, emerging wellness products, and how agriculture adapts to consumer trends. 
Watch your email for regstration details from CFWF.

June 30-July 4, 2021:  IFAJ Congress, Denmark.
The congress originally scheduled for 2020 has been rescheduled to 2021. Visit the Facebook page to find out more (the congress website will be updated as details are confirmed). 

September 23-27, 2021: CFWF Conference, Windsor
Save the date! ECFWA has rescheduled the 2020 conference and will be inviting our colleagues from across the country to join us in Windsor in 2021.

ECFWA photo contest winners

We had some great photos submitted to our 2020 photo contest. The winners were announced during our 2020 online AGM. Congratualtions to all! 
View all the winning entries on the ECFWA website.

People category
Category sponsored by AdFarm
Winner: Sharon Grose


Places category
Sponsored by Grain Farmers of Ontario
Winner: Bruce Sargent

Things category
Sponsored by Qu'Anglo
Winner: Bruce Sargent

Thank you to our ECFWA photo contest sponsors

Meet your Board of Directors

Meghan Burke and Jennifer Glenney were elected to our Board of Directors at our AGM on May 12. Welcome!

Find out more about the Board of Directors on the ECFWA website.

As Regional Communications Manager (Ontario) for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Meghan enjoys a variety of communications responsibilities. She is passionate about bridging the science behind agriculture with the realities on farms through articles, event displays, and marketing collateral.

Meghan holds a BA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing and is a graduate of the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program (AALP), which she continues to support in an advisory role.

If you are looking for Meghan after-hours, you’re most likely to find her riding her horse. 

Jennifer Glenney is a reporter with Farmtario and holds a degree in agriculture science from the University of Guelph. For the first part of her career she held a position as a sales agronomist before venturing into writing full time.

Jennifer and her husband are newlyweds and are farming in Haldimand County focussing on hay as a cash crop. She also assists where she can with her husbands custom application business. Jennifer holds a special place in her heart for livestock production as she grew up on a dairy farm and now raises sheep.

Entries in the CFWF awards are due June 29

This annual competition represents a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed and showcased as the best Canadian-produced agricultural communications of the year. With 12 categories, there is certainly an opportunity for you!

CFWF organizers have been hard at work behind the scenes to make the online entry process as simple as possible. As always, if you have any feedback, please feel free to share it at awards@cfwf.ca.

Before submitting you entries, please be sure to read all Rules and Guidelines. Please verify all requirements are met in order to ensure that your application is valid. 

For more information on the awards, 
visit our website!

IFAJ resources

Membership in ECFWA extends to the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). Check out some of these resources available to you.

If you haven't renewed your membership for 2020, please do so soon by visiting the ECFWA website.
Our membership list will be updated on July 31st -- you don't want to miss out on all that ECFWA has to offer in 2020-21!

Welcome to our new members!

Michelle Jaelin
Jennifer Kyle
Paige Miller
Tiffany Anne Ouimet
Christina Stroud
Megan Wright
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