MEDIA ADVISORY: Canadian Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting set for Feb. 28 – Mar. 1

Canadian Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting set for Feb. 28 – Mar. 1

Agenda highlights: keynotes by elected officials, 
sessions on trade, sustainability, health and new government programs

February 23, 2018 – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) 2018 Annual Meeting takes place next week week in Ottawa.

Under the theme “Partnering for Success” the meeting agenda features topics such as international trade negotiations, economic growth strategies, and newly announced government programs.

CFA is also hosting a symposium on research and best practices in mental health in agricultural communities. We will announce a new partnership and an awards initiative for farmers who show leadership in the area of mental health.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 12 p.m, to Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m.

WHERE: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON (Victoria Ballroom, 2nd Floor)

Media are invited. To register, send a request by email. 

Can’t be there in person? Watch the LIVE WEBCAST starting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 28th.





9:30 – 12 p.m.  –  Mental Health in Agriculture Symposium, including an announcement of a new partnership and awards initiative.

12:30 – 1 p.m.  –  Keynote: Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

4 – 4:45 p.m.  –  Economic Outlook Panel, with speakers:  Craig Klemmer, Senior Agricultural Economist, Farm Credit Canada and Murad Al-Katib, Chair of the National Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.


THURSDAY, March 1:

8:45 – 9:15 a.m  –  Remarks by John Barlow, MP and Conservative Party Agriculture Critic and Luc Berthold, MP, and Conservative Party Agriculture Critic.

9:15 – 10 a.m.  –  International Trade Update – Frédéric Seppey, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

11 – 11:30 a.m.  –  Farm Credit Canada Update Mike Hoffort, President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  –  Canadian Agricultural Partnership & BRM Review Presentation by Chris Forbes, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

1 – 1:30 p.m.  –  Remarks by Alistair MacGregor, MP and New Democratic Party Agriculture Critic.

2:45 – 3:45 pm  –  Climate Smart Agriculture – Dr. Lois Wright Morton, North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance.


Read the complete agenda here.


About CFA

CFA is the country’s largest national general farm organization. Founded in 1935, CFA works on behalf of Canada’s farmers to ensure the continued development of a vibrant agriculture and agri-food industry in Canada. Members include provincial general farm organizations as well as national and inter-provincial commodity organizations. Through its membership, CFA represents over 200,000 Canadian farm families.