“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.”
“We are honoured to receive the Century Farm Award. We are grateful that the Alberta Government and the County of Ponoka recognize the fact that farming is an integral part of the province and its economy. It is a testament to the tenacity and fortitude of generations of farmers that have stayed on the land and continue to do the work they love. We hope that future generations will be able to continue with this traditional way of life.”
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 13 families who will be honoured in Wetaskiwin on June 30.
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 30, at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, 6426 40 Avenue, Wetaskiwin.
Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients being recognized at this event:
- The Bertagnolli Family of Rocky Mountain House
- The Davies Family of Ponoka
- The Deleeuw Family of Ponoka
- The Kay Family of Rocky Mountain House
- The Kosinski Family of Holden
- The Muhlbeier Family of Castor
- The Nelson Family of Wetaskiwin
- The Olsen Family of Irma
- The Orom Family of Ponoka
- The Pals Family of Castor
- The Pederson Family of Hughenden
- The Ruzicka Family of Killam
- The Smith Family of Coronation