Going to a totally digital format, there have been features of a standard convention that had been lacking from this yr’s gathering.
Whereas the standard networking alternatives had been missing in comparison with in-person occasions, organizers had been in a position to supply a digital platform the place folks may meet via webcams and go to on-line via Kumospace.
“We had been joyful to see plenty of folks to benefit from that however I believe that there’s all the time going to be that lacking face-to-face aspect once you’re digital and there actually isn’t any approach to get round that.”
Additionally scheduled for the weekend was a whiskey tasting with Hiram Walker & Sons, the 160-year-old whiskey producer based mostly in Windsor.
Telford mentioned the japanese group tried their finest to ship or courier samples to as many individuals as doable and did present the listing of merchandise on the agenda for different individuals to buy themselves. In the long run, they did their finest to make sure as many individuals as doable may very well be included.
“We actually relied on our regional companions at that native stage to assist us distribute them so I do know that not all people received their samples, however we tried our finest to make it work and make it a superb expertise,” Telford mentioned.
Logging on didn’t deter farm writers from becoming a member of within the three days of classes that lined matters from points throughout the agriculture trade, from discussions on herbicide resistant crops to agricultural sustainability, to dialogue on social media progress throughout the agriculture neighborhood and different classes based mostly round skilled growth throughout the journalism world.
Agricultural writers need each, mentioned Telford, as they develop a better understanding of their material, see how different organizations are dealing with the identical points, and community to additional generate story concepts.
“We additionally need to give folks instruments/data to have a greater understanding of the tales they might cowl or a brand new approach to discover the information they want — so how to entry climate information, understanding grain futures, use social media to the most effective benefit.”
Calgary based mostly author and self-proclaimed convention aficionados, Ian Doig, nonetheless got here away with a full notepad of concepts for tales for GrainsWest journal, even with the change of platform.
“There’s a lot topical materials right here I am going away with like, ‘right here’s a subject I ought to be enthusiastic about and the way are we going to strategy it journalistically.’”
As a journalistic skilled who write in regards to the many alternative sides of the agricultural trade, it’s necessary the convention balances these two worlds, he mentioned.
“We take loads of dwelling…, right here’s a narrative concept, right here’s a subject we ought to contact on, but in addition, , we’re additionally perfecting our craft, we’re honing the craft of farm journalism.”
Subsequent up for the CFWF is their convention in Regina hosted by the Saskatchewan Farm Writers’ Affiliation (SFWA).
Convention chair, Karen Briere, mentioned they’re hoping to have everybody in Regina for the occasion and are already organising excursions of surrounding agricultural operations with a concentrate on environmentally accountable operations.
“Farmers do say they’re the final word environmentalists, and plenty of of them are. We simply need to showcase the nice, environmentally accountable issues that loads of farmers are doing,” Briere mentioned.
Canadian producers have been environmental stewards for years, mentioned Briere, however now’s the time to speak about how farmers are coping with issues like local weather change and good environmental practices.
“That’s our hope is to inform the remainder of Canada that our farmers are doing that.”