Agriculture is much more than raising a few animals or growing some crops to feed the family. It is one of Alberta’s largest renewable resource-based industries, bringing millions into the province. However, like any business, agricultural businesses come with risk.
From the TransCanada Highway turning right at Eagle Butte Crossing’s corner and a block down from the busy gas station, a building with a bright green roof is quite visible. The only thing more visible are the silver trucks with yellow and black bumble-bee-like striping parked amidst the parking lot full of vehicles.
Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), along with a strong contingent of 27 officials representing 16 exporting members and seven industry associations, are winding down on a Saskatchewan Provincial Trade Mission to South Korea and China. It went from Sept. 19-23.
Plans for the first-ever National Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Summit are underway in response to growing consumer-driven demand for sustainably sourced food. Provincial and territorial EFP organizations aim to create a national program that will build a stronger link between the agriculture industry’s commitment to sustainable food production and the ever-increasing trend for global food companies to implement sustainable sourcing programs.
There are always changes in any operation, especially one that can look back over involvement by multiple generations of the same family. Take for example, the Hochstein family of Dryfork Ranches, the BMO Farm Family of the Year for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9.
The Papworth family has been on the same land north of Lethbridge for four generations and is now being recognized as the 2016 BMO Farm Family of the Year for Lethbridge County.