Families honoured in Red Deer for 100-year commitment to agriculture

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 July 18, 2013
Pioneering Alberta families who have farmed and ranched the same land for 100 years or more are being recognized by the Government of Alberta with Century Farm and Ranch Awards.

“We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Albertans who have dedicated their lives to agriculture and who have helped shape this province into what it is today,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The strength and future success of our agriculture industry depends greatly on the hard work, ingenuity and determination of our farming families.”

Prior to the discovery of oil, agriculture was Alberta’s primary industry. Today, agriculture continues to be the province’s largest renewable industry, with more than 43,000 farms totaling 50.5 million acres.

Recipients of the Century Farm and Ranch Award are presented with a bronze plaque to commemorate their significant achievement. A total of 82 families are being recognized across the province this year. This includes families who were recognized at an awards dinner in Red Deer on July 17.

“This award means so much to our family – my grandfather homesteaded here and it has passed from generation to generation for a century,” said Evelyn Mill of the Erickson family farm. “This marks a proud achievement for our family. We have a spot all picked out to display our plaque to everyone who comes through our gates.”

Since the Century Farm and Ranch Awards began in 1993, a total of 1,440 families have received plaques.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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Backgrounder: List of award recipients
Editor’s note: Photos from the Red Deer event will be posted on Flickr for media use. Interviews with families can be arranged.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Lorraine Lynch
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development


Century Farm and Ranch Family Award Recipients

Thomas and Kathleen Bennett and Edith Bennett of Crossfield
Calvin and Judith Bishell of Veteran
Robert and Helen Elliott of Carbon
Evelyn Mill, Phyllis and Raymond Cormack, Noel and Christy Cormack for the Erickson farm in Sundre
John and Pauline Foss, for the Buckingham farm in Bluffton
Brian and Debra Fraser of Delia
Thomas and Carol Hampton of Rowley
Joanne Hollingsworth and Dan Lyon of Condor
Clarence and Aida Koots of Eckville
R. Day Lenfesty and Tim Lenfesty of Craigmyle
Robert and Dorothy Magill of Veteran
Shawn Miller and Ryan Miller of Dalemead
David and Maria Mohr of Consort
Doug, Tina, Hannah and Mathew Noyes of Innisfail
James and Stephanie Richmond of Rumsey
Raymond Todd of Metiskow
Guy and Linda Walstrom of Stettler
Dennis A. Welsh of Rocky Mountain House

A full listing of 2012 Century Farm and Ranch Family award recipients can be found on the website at: http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app68/centuryfarm
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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Lorraine Lynch
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
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