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Alberta Federation of Agriculture created

May 28, 2013, Sherwood Park, AB - The Alberta Federation of Agriculture has been created, following legislation to amend the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers Act. The amendment means that Wild Rose Agricultural Producers will now be known as the Alberta Federation of Agriculture.

His Honour, Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, signed Bill Pr2 into law at a ceremony attended by Premier Alison Redford; the Act's sponsor, Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Everett McDonald; and officials from the newly named Federation.

"We are proud of our long history of advocating for policies and support systems that foster a healthy agriculture industry," stated Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. "Farm organizations advocating for agricultural improvement in Alberta originated in the late 1800's. Our willingness to adapt to the constantly evolving needs of our industry is well illustrated by the fact that we've been around since the days when a Private Bill was the best way to achieve that objective."

Jacobson continued, "While our focus remains on general farm issues, we are taking steps to ensure those interests are better represented by including commodity groups, not-for-profit agricultural organizations and agri-businesses on our board of directors in addition to producers. Our summer meeting, being held on June 24 and 25 in Sylvan Lake, will further establish our future governance direction."

 


May 28, 2013
By Alberta Federation of Agriculture