Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective - European Farmers Tour of Manitoba

Mon, 02/22/2016 (All day) - Wed, 02/24/2016 (All day)

European Farmers Tour Manitoba to share
experiences on Farm Policies, Seed Laws, Trade, and Advocacy

The National Farmers Union - Manitoba (Region 5) is bringing Guy Kastler and Claudia Schievelbein, two farm leaders from Germany and France, to share their experiences with Manitoban farmers, stakeholders and the public.  
Speakers will address topics such as:

  • What is it like to farm in Europe?
  • What are pitfalls Canadians should avoid when it comes to farm policies?
  • What is plant breeding like in France and Germany?
  • What are potential effects of trade agreements on farming?
  • How have farmers reacted to the effects of seed laws like UPOV’91?
  • How has farm advocacy shaped policy in Europe?

Manitobans understand the importance of getting a well-rounded education when it comes to agriculture around the world. Recognizing how policies affect farmers’ bottom line, the NFU is bringing the world to Manitoba with this once-in-a-decade opportunity. Three speaking engagements will be held in Winnipeg and Brandon on Feb. 22, 23 and 24.
Speaking dates in Manitoba:
Monday, Feb. 22nd - Winnipeg, MB - University of Manitoba – Ag Building - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday, Feb 23rd  - Brandon, MB - Knox United Church  - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, Feb 24th - Winnipeg, MB - Canadian Mennonite University - 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Guy Kastler - France   - Confédération Paysanne
Claudia Schievelbein - Germany - Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL)
A special French translator will be used for Guy Kastler, our French guest.  Claudia is fluent in both English and German.  Each event will allow time for a question and answer period. After Manitoba, the tour will continue in Ontario and Quebec.
Let us know you can make it.  E-mail:

Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 Coordinator - (204) 858-2479   
Rozanne Nevakshonoff, Organizer - (204) 664-2111 
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