“Farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life, and the ongoing success of the agriculture sector depends greatly on the hard work and commitment of Alberta’s farming families. It is an honour to recognize people who contribute so much to their communities and acknowledge this incredible legacy that is passed down through many generations.”
“It is quite an accomplishment for any family to have the same farm for 100 years. A great pioneer spirit, hard work and unfailing determination has brought our family farm through the challenges and successes of the past century. Thanks to the Alberta Government for honouring those who have kept their land in the family from generation to generation.”
Recipients of the Century Farm and Ranch Award receive a bronze plaque to commemorate this significant milestone. A total of 47 families are being recognized across the province this year, including 10 families who will be honoured in Rosebud on June 23.
Since 1993, almost 1,600 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 in Alberta, totalling 50.5 million acres.
Note: Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipient families will be available for interviews and photos at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Rosebud Centre for the Arts (116 Main Street, Rosebud).
Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients being recognized at this event:
- The Christensen Family of Standard
- The Roberts Family of Oyen
- The Garnett Family of Carseland
- The Jorgensen Family of Del Bonita
- The Evans Family of Fort Macleod
- The Fieldberg Family of Bindloss
- The Hickle-Walker Family of Hanna
- The Cockwill Family of Arrowwood
- The Schlaht Family of Lomond
- The Hanson Family of Strathmore