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29 / 01 / 14

 

 

Alberta Federation of Agriculture AGM

 

Lacombe, Alberta (January 29, 2014) –  “Farming is more than raising wheat, cattle and hogs. It is also raising scientists, statesmen and humanitarians. [A] farm organization is more than floor prices and freight rates – it is a great forum of people uniquely endowed to give more than their share to humanity.”

 

With that quote from Arnold Platt, former president (1956-1958) of an Alberta Federation of Agriculture predecessor organization and Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame member, Lynn Jacobson, current president, opened AFA’s first annual general meeting in Banff last week.

 

Delegates heard from a slate of renowned experts that included Jack Wilkinson, former president of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, who touched on the genesis of general farm organizations in Canada.

 

JP Gervais, Chief Agricultural Economist, Farm Credit Canada, covered global economic trends for the industry, while Terrence Barg of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank shared the results of their continuing efforts to eliminate hunger in developing countries.

 

A common concern among meeting participants, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, and Keystone Agricultural Producers (Manitoba), was the ongoing difficulty in getting the 2013 bumper grain crop to market.  

 

Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corporation, the group responsible for monitoring Canada’s prairie grain handling and transportation system since 2001, was on hand with a timely update on the situation. He noted that repercussions are being felt throughout the value chain – from producers unable to sell grain to pay bills and purchase inputs for the 2014 growing season, to storage and terminal capacity being maxed out.

 

Consistent with the mandate of a general farm organization, resolutions passed at the AGM ran the gamut from crop variety registration, plant breeding and farmers’ privilege to livestock contracts, wildlife damage, farm safety, and electricity rates.


Delegates opted to keep steady hands at the helm of the organization and re-elected the executive team who successfully guided AFA through major changes in 2013 – Lynn Jacobson, president; Keith Degenhardt, 1st vice president, and Humphrey Banack, 2nd vice president.

 

 

 

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 thataffect the province's agricultural industry, we're there, providing aneffective voice for Alberta's farmers. For more information on AFA,please visit our website at: www.afaonline.ca