For the first time, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan have honoured an individual and an organization as “Champions” of food and farming.
Announced earlier this month in conjunction with the Farm & Food Care Farms at the Table conference, the Champion Award was given to Dr. Leigh Rosengren, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and beef producer from Midale, SK., and to SaskCanola for its production of the License to Farm documentary.
The award is so named to honour those “who work to advocate for agriculture, and inspire public trust in Saskatchewan’s food industry.”
Rosengren was nominated for the Food & Farming Champion Award for her research, education, and advocacy in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and prudent antimicrobial use in livestock production. She is a go-to expert for interviews and articles relating to antibiotic use in animals, and has developed and delivered education and awareness initiatives across the province.
SaskCanola (the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission) was selected as an industry recipient for their work in developing and marking the License to Farm documentary. This initiative has brought a great deal of attention to the issues farmers deal with in the effort to earn and keep public trust. Since its launch in January 2016 this documentary has been viewed over 80,000 times in 163 countries and earned over two million social media impressions.