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22 /January / 2015


AFA's Annual General Meeting highlights water management in agriculture


Red Deer, Alberta (January 22, 2015) – Farming depends on many different resources, but without a sustainable supply of water, growing crops and livestock would be impossible.

That’s why the two-day Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA), which wrapped up Wednesday in Red Deer, put water management centre stage. A series of outstanding speakers explored the issue of water and agriculture from many angles: legal issues, public policy, water well management and emerging technologies.

“If we don’t get water management right, farming in Alberta can’t be as successful in the future as we have been in the past,” says AFA president Lynn Jacobson, who farms near Enchant. “We gave our members a 360-degree view of the issue, and we’ll continue to advocate for sound policy for water management and agriculture.”

As a general farm organization, AFA members meet to propose, debate, vote on and form resolutions on issues that affect Alberta farm producers. The AGM’s Tuesday and Wednesday sessions passed resolutions regarding grain transportation, encouraging governments to invest in research and innovation, and compensation for cost-effective electricity generation and for supporting individual farm environmental stewardship in areas such as maintaining wildlife habitat and wetland management.

AFA delegates re-confirmed the executive team for another year, with a mandate to engage in vital policy issues, raise awareness of the organization and continue to grow the membership. The executive team for 2015 is: Lynn Jacobson, president; Keith Degenhardt, 1st vice president, and Humphrey Banack, 2nd vice president.
“AFA membership increased by 20% in 2014, and for a good reason,” says Jacobson. “Today, more than ever, Alberta needs a general farm organization that is effective and sustainable. I invite all Alberta farmers to take a fresh look at AFA, and join us as we work for a stronger industry for all.”

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For More information, please contact:

(Mr.) Lynn Jacobson, President at 403-894-5208

Sheryl Rae, Executive Director at 403-505-4625


Alberta Federation of Agriculture is Alberta's largest producer funded general farm organization. Whenever decisions are being made that affect the province's agricultural industry, we're there, providing an effective voice for Alberta's farmers. For more information on AFA, please visit our website at: www.afaonline.ca