Farm families honoured at Lethbridge Exhibition President's reception dinner

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 Aug. 19, 2014

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

“Alberta’s farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our great province. For more than a century, their pioneering spirit and hard work have paved the way for a thriving agriculture sector and a vibrant rural Alberta. I congratulate all of the families who are receiving awards this year and thank them for their continued dedication to agriculture in our province.” - Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Recipients of the Century Farm and Ranch Award are presented with a bronze plaque to commemorate their significant achievement. A total of 65 families are being recognized across the province this year. This includes 12 families who will be recognized in Lethbridge on Aug. 19.

“It’s wonderful that the government recognizes farm families for all their hard work. This award prompted a reunion which brought 86 family members to our farm to help us celebrate and proudly display the bronze plaque in our yard.” – Betty Lodermeier of Milk River, award recipient

Since the Century Farm and Ranch Awards began in 1993, more than 1,400 families have received plaques. A full list of the Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients can be found on the Agriculture and Rural Development website.

Today, agriculture continues to be the province’s largest renewable industry, with more than 43,000 farms totalling 50.5 million acres.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Editor’s note: Photos from the Lethbridge event will posted on Flickr for media use. Interviews with families can be arranged.

Media inquiries
Jeanna Friedley
Agriculture and Rural Development

Backgrounder – Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients available for interviews
Andersen-Hamilton Family of Seven Persons
Comstock Family of Rosebud
Lodermeier Family of Milk River
Strang Family of Claresholm
Svanes Family of Picture Butte
Ulrich Family of Schuler
Volk Family of Burdett
Wilson Family of Gleichen
Wylie Family of De Winton
Ziegenhagel Family of Walsh south
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