This release was issued under a previous government.
“Our province’s farm families are the heart of rural Alberta and the ongoing success of the agriculture sector depends greatly on their hard work and commitment. It is an honour to recognize families who have contributed so much to their communities and built a tremendous legacy through many generations.”
“It has been very interesting to watch how agriculture has changed over the past century: in technology, machinery, and methods of farming. Our dream is that the family farm will continue to be cultivated and nourished by our family for many generations to come. Our roots and family values are embedded in this land.”
Recipients of the Century Farm and Ranch Award receive a bronze plaque to commemorate this significant milestone. A total of 58 families are being recognized across the province this year, including 13 families who will be honoured in Red Deer on July 16.
Since 1993, more than 1,500 families have received Century Farm and Ranch Awards.
Agriculture is the province’s largest renewable industry, with exports valued at more than $9 billion annually. There are more than 43,000 farms totaling 50.5 million acres.
Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients being recognized at this event:
- Goddard Family of Rumsey
- Hickle Family of Hanna
- Moseson Family of Wetaskiwin
- Rodgers Family of Rocky Mountain House
- Bystrom/Lohrenz Family of Centerville District
- Campion Family of Hanna
- Petrussa Family of Big Valley
- Hoar Family of Innisfail
- Gano Family of Cremona
- Cire Family of Ponoka
- Weaver Family of Wetaskiwin
- Van Petten Family of Kelsey
- Blades Family of Camrose
Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipient families will be available for interviews and photos at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, outside the Frontier Room at Westerner Park (4847A 19 Street).