Released on September 29, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart kicked off the month of events with industry partners at the Westview Co-op in Saskatoon.
This year’s theme, Our Food Has a Story, encourages people to talk about the passion that drives food production. Throughout the month, stories of how food goes from farm to table will be shared. The stories will highlight the dedicated people who sustainably produce the healthy, affordable and safe food we eat.
“Producers and consumers want the same thing: an affordable and safe food supply for their families,” Stewart said. “As an industry, we need to start talking to consumers about our shared values and the decisions we make every day to produce the quality food that feeds people here in Saskatchewan and around the world.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and industry are working together to share food stories and discuss modern agriculture with consumers. The month-long campaign features four weekly sub-themes: “Health and Nutrition” from October 1 to 8, “Affordability” from October 9 to 15, “Food Safety” from October 16 to 22, and “Sustainability” from October 23 to 31.
As the faces of Agriculture Month, five individuals will share their connection to food and what agriculture means in their lives. These voices are mommy blogger Tenille Lafontaine, chef Dale Mackay, Veterinarian Leigh Rosengren, registered dietician Steph Langdon and the Leguee family, who operate a grain farm. To find out more about these spokespeople, visit www.OurFoodHasAStory.ca.
“We are excited to host the Our Food Has a Story social media contest to connect with consumers and encourage conversations throughout the month,” Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Chair Shannon Meyers said. “We all have a story to tell and we know sharing these stories using #OurFoodHasAStory and #AgMonth16 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will generate great conversations about our values and the role of modern agriculture.”
To stay up to date on this year’s Agriculture Month events, follow the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture on Twitter @SKAgriculture and on Facebook at Saskatchewan Agriculture or visit www.saskatchewan.ca/ag-month.
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