Details settled for first meeting of Atlantic Canada Farm Writers’ Assoc.

A tour of Prince Edward Island’s Institute for Nutrisciences and Health and the Atlantic Vet College will highlight the inaugural meeting of a new regional professional farm and food writers’ organization.

The Atlantic Farm Writers’ Association will meet in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on June 4 at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre. The tours of NCI and the vet college will be held after a networking event and lunch. Reporters, editors, broadcasters focused on food and farming, as well as communication professional for agri-food business and government are invited — everyone involved in telling the story of food and farming within industry and to the general public.

At the Institute for Nutrisciences and Health, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Dr. Chris Kirby and his research team will show how a state-of-the-art piece of equipment called a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer is changing the way scientists look at agriculture and its potential for human and animal health.

The Atlantic Veterinary College is one of five vet colleges in Canada. The farm service program contributes to the health and well-being of thousands more animals off-site at farms around the region. The college has 14 centres of expertise, like the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research, Atlantic Swine Research Partnership, Atlantic Centre for Comparative Biomedical Research and Maritime Quality Milk. The group will tour a portion of the facility.

Registration for the event, which includes a one year membership to the Atlantic Canada Farm Writers’ Association (ACFWA), is $40. That also includes, among other benefits, membership to the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) and the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ), which will hold its next annual meeting in Ontario in September 2011. Both organizations, as well as ACFWA, are non-political, professional associations serving the common interests of those in the agriculture communications field.

A regional organization is an opportunity to link media and industry at a local level.

Island Farmer Editor Andy Walker of Prince Edward Island, Farm Credit Canada Express Editor and freelancer Allison Finnamore of New Brunswick, Farm Focus Editor Heather Jones of Nova Scotia and Wayne Riley of Prince Edward Island, Senior Atlantic Communications Advisor with AAFC will be on hand.

The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room B at the AAFC Research Centre, 440 University Ave. Charlottetown, PEI.

For more information, visit our Facebook group, Atlantic Canada Farm Writers’ Association or contact Allison Finnamore at 506-860-7761 or allison@finnamore.ca.

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