(June 17, 2015) PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE – National Farmers Union (NFU) Region 5 (Manitoba) will host a discussion with farmers who direct market and producers involved in Supply Management at their 2015 Convention on July 11 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The theme of this year's convention is "Connecting our Farms".
"We're inviting a variety of stakeholders to put their heads together and come up with solutions to move agriculture forward," said Ian Robson, Manitoba NFU Coordinator. "Supply Management has kept families on the farm for over four decades. At the same time there has been positive growth in the local food movement, which has created more interest and opportunities for direct to market farms. Discussing how these farm types fit together in the bigger picture of the farm movement is vital at this time.
“We are inviting supply management farmers and small scale producers to join a brainstorming session to suggest ways direct marketing and supply management can complement each other into the future," said Robson.
The National Farmers Union is recognized for its support of cooperative farm marketing, such as supply management, food sovereignty, as well as its strong policy research work. Recent publications will be available at the convention, including "Losing our Grip: 2015 Update" which examines land ownership issues, and Fact Sheets on current farm issues.
Presentations include "Soil and Culture" to commemorate the UN's International Year of the Soil by lecturer Gary Martens, a presentation on Trade Agreements, and a wide ranging discussion on how public policy connects to our farms.
The Manitoba NFU Regional Convention will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Legion Hall in Portage La Prairie. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike. The convention starts at 10am and runs until 5pm. Registration is $15 for members and youth, and $25 for non-members. A soup and sandwich lunch is included. Following the convention there will be a potluck barbeque and-social time. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to email@example.com or (204) 741-1017
Ian Robson, Region 5 (Manitoba) Coordinator – 204-858-2479
Bev Stow, Region 5 Board Member – (204) 745-3252
Dean Harder, Region 5 Youth Advisor – (204) 797-6388
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NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Convention
Saturday July 11, 2015
10am to 5pm
Royal Canadian Legion Hall
Portage la Prairie, MB
$15 – Members & youth under 26; $25 non-members; lunch included
Potluck Barbeque to follow
Please RSVP email@example.com or (204) 741-1017