#ISupportDairy - Becoming Ambassadors for our Industry

AWN Event in Partnership with Purina

AWN is proud to have members who represent all commodities and livestock groups... and dairy is one of them! In partnership with Purina, AWN is proud to be holding an event during next week's premier dairy event, Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, ON.

Canadians are curious to know where their food comes from. And who better to tell them than the farmers who produce it? Farm & Food Care Ontario will address why it’s important to answer Canadians’ questions about food and farming and share some of the tools you can use to do so. Then hear from two of your fellow dairy farmers, Amy Matheson, Embro, ON (an Ag Women's Network member!) and Justin Williams, Bloomfield, ON as they share their experiences engaging the public so you too can join the #isupportdairy conversation!

Event Details

  • Date: April 6th, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Presentation and Panel in the Purina Dairy Classroom at Canadian Dairy Xpo followed by networking from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and take part in the CDX Cheesefest & Wine

  • Location: Purina Dairy Classroom at Canadian Dairy Xpo, Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford, ON

Featured Panelists

Amy Matheson:

Amy Matheson is a strong and vocal advocate of the Canadian Agricultural industry, and is very passionate about our food system and the people that produce it, specifically the dairy and crops growing industry – her rural roots run deep all the way back to Holland, and as the granddaughter, daughter and now wife to a dairy and farmer, she works as the Communications Administrator for the Oxford County Federation of Agriculture, administers the Oxford Fresh local food map, as well as a delegate for the Grain Farmers of Ontarjo and Dairy Farmers of Ontario in her county. Amy has recently made the jump from online advocacy, to public presentations hoping the encourage farmers to stand up and be proud of the work we do, and to put a face to the farm.

Justin Williams:

Working with his parents, Justin is excited about his future in farming. “Farming is what my family has done for generations and I couldn’t be happier that I get to be the 8th generation on our family farm.” You heard him right, 8th generation. Justin’s ancestors started the farm in 1814 and through hard work and a lot of care for the animals they raised and the land they worked, the farm remains an important part of his family’s way of life. That way of life is another big reason why Justin is a farmer. “I get to work for myself, caring for animals and helping to produce great milk and maple products.” Justin likes to share his stories from the farm and is a big fan of using social media to help him do that. “Talking about what we do on our farm is important to help consumers realize the work, passion and care that goes into every product that leaves the farm.... Whether it be talking about it on Twitter, blogging about it, or even creating a YouTube video, social media is a way that I can reach a customer and they can reach me if they have any questions."

Interested in Registering?

The "#ISupportDairy: How You Can Share Your Dairy Story & Why You Should " classroom event is FREE but admission tickets must be purchased to Canadian Dairy Xpo. (Admission is $25 or $20 with the following coupon: http://www.dairyxpo.ca/CouponMASTER.jpg)

Want Free tickets?

The first 15 people to register for this event using the Eventbrite registration page will receive FREE tickets for a one-day admissions pass to Canadian Dairy Xpo to attend our event for FREE! Register HERE!

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