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Nothing says a farm like a red hip roof barn and they can be seen speckled throughout the county. But why red and not blue or green or purple for the more daring? Farmers, back in the day, recognized that rust killed the fungi and mosses which would grow on barns and was very effective as a sealant, so they mixed oxide into the paint to protect the wood, resulting in a reddish tone. As paint became more readily available, many people simply chose red paint for their barns in honour of what had “accidently” become a tradition. The next time you’re driving around the county, stop and gaze upon an old barn or building left standing in a farmyard, perhaps deserted by time, and imagine the family that built their lives around it. These are the homesteads of the farming community that have made Camrose County the strong agriculture hub for which it has come to be known.
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The Battle River Community Foundation awarded a $4,000 grant from the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to the Town of Killam. The grant was given to purchase a lifeguard training mannequin that will be used in classes and for ongoing lifeguard training at the Killam swimming pool. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established by the Foundation Board in April 2020 to allow for grants for costs resulting from COVID-19 that could not reasonably have been anticipated by community charities throughout the region. The Board set aside discretionary funds from income from the Foundation’s Community Funds, which are Funds generous donors have given to the Foundation, with the direction that income be awarded at the Foundation’s discretion and from Field of Interest Funds, set by
donors to be awarded in support of programs and facilities located in specified communities or in support of a kind of program like health and wellness or education. The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support charitable organizations in East Central Alberta, which benefit the local communities and have a positive impact on the future. Grants from the Battle River Community Foundation are primarily made possible through the generosity of individual donors and organizations that have created endowment funds. The principal of these endowment funds are kept intact and the income is made available annually to support local projects and organizations. Since it was founded in 1995, the Battle River Community Foundation has granted over $7,250,000 to support charitable activities in the Battle River Region.
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2021 Century Farm Awards K
eeping the family farm or ranch from generation to generation and actively farming for over a century is an incredibly impressive achievement. Each year, Camrose County recognizes longstanding farm operations during our Century Farm Awards and honours those farm families who have proudly followed in the footsteps of their ancestors and farmed the same land continuously for 100 years or more.
Family Name: BJORGE, Elner, Morley and Howard Bjorge Land Location: North East of Meeting Creek Hans and Anne Bjorge and family entered into an agreement of sale for a quarter of land in the Ferry Point district on February 8, 1916. Family members developed more area for crops and livestock production on the land, and as opportunities became available some children established farms nearby. Son Arthur Bjorge, and his wife Amanda became owners of this original quarter in 1935. Their children Elner, Morley and Howard have continued farming the land, along with Howard and Doreen’s family, to the present time. The farm has supported mixed farming of milk cows, pigs, poultry and cereal crops for livestock feed and income. Production of field crops and beef cattle continues to the present time. Improvement work has included water well development and shelterbelt tree planting. The family received the Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award in 2016.
Morley and Howard Bjorge
Family Name: MACLEOD, Don and Arlene MacLeod Land Location: South of Ohaton William John Webster arrived from Ontario in 1908 and purchased the home quarter and later acquired two adjoining quarters. In 1909 he married Annie Nicol and they moved into the log house that was on the property. The log home was built in 1901. In 1914 a two-storey T. Eaton house and a barn were built as well as many granaries and sheds. Mr. and Mrs. Webster raised cattle and grew grain. They farmed until his passing in 1939.
Marilyn, Arlene and Don MacLeod
The land was then left to his wife Annie and later to their only child Mary who married Peter MacLeod of the Ohaton district in 1934. The land was eventually rolled over to Mary and Peter Macleod’s sons, which they still own and rent to a neighbour. Websters or MacLeods have been living on the property since 1908.
Family Name: HERDER, Dylan Herder Land Location: South of Rosalind Louis Frederick Herder, his wife and 12 children came to Ankerton, Alberta in 1915. He purchased a half section on April 23, 1915 from CPR. The first building he constructed was a 24’x 32’ granary, which he filled with oats. The oat market slumped, and he was forced to renovate the granary into a house. Louis Herder’s second eldest son, William Benjamin, took over the farm, in the mid 1920s. He and his wife Iva raised their 5 children there until they purchased a farm 2 miles south, from Iva’s sister and husband Bob Gordon, in 1942. After that, the original farm was always known to the family as the “Old Place”. After Will’s passing, his youngest son, Fred and wife Connie, farmed the land until 1981 when Fred sold the land to his youngest son, Jay Herder. In 1982 Jay moved to his grandparents’ farm. He married Brenda Wolbeck in 1986. In 1991 Jay Brenda, Dylan and Jay Herder moved Louis’s original house from the “Old Place” to farm and remodeled it into a shop. In 2018, Jay sold the “Old Place” and his home quarter to his youngest son Dylan Herder. Dylan is the Great Great Grandson of Louis Fredrick Herder, the fifth generation of Herder’s farming this land. The original building is still in use as a farm shop today. Throughout the years, the Herders have always maintained a large herd of cattle and Dylan continues this tradition today with his own herd.
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2021 Century Family Name: Sheets, Gwendolyn Sheets Land Location: South of Ohaton
Robert Sheets and his family of Edna, Jim and Hugh came to the Ohaton district in July 1911. They resided in several places before settling south of Ohaton on a half section in 1915. They rented this land until they purchased it on July 23, 1918. They knew there was a big task ahead of them, cutting down trees, breaking the soil, and pulling up tree roots. They accomplished this by hiring indigenous people who cut the trees down, piled them, and burnt the piles. The breaking of the soil was done using an 8-horse team and breaking plough and pulling the stumps out with a team hitched to a chain and whiffle tree. In addition to the land, they also milked cows, had horses, chickens and geese. The community became their hub of activity. Horicon School, Ohaton United Church, dances above the store and socializing with the neighbours. As the boys grew, they became a great help for their father and mother on the farm. Over the years power machinery was acquired to help with the farming. In 1940 they had a nice car, a threshing machine, and a tractor to run it. There was always lots of horses to pull the wagons of bundles to the threshing machine. Rob passed away in 1941. Jim and Hugh became owners of the land and continued to farm it at that point. Hugh eventually married Ragna and continued to farm the land. One of their sons, Lloyd, became interested in farming and purchased the south quarter from his uncle Jim and father and continued to farm it together until 1967 when Hugh retired. At that point Lloyd bought the home quarter as well. Previously in 1964, Lloyd and his wife Gwen had bought the Granger Quarter and moved to the Ohaton District. Lloyd at that point became a full-time farmer. Lloyd had many happy and successful years of farming. There was always lots of work to be done but that did not deter Lloyd. He loved playing with his soil. In 2000, Lloyd’s health began to deteriorate, and he knew his farming days were coming to an end. Lloyd passed away in October of 2008. Their daughter Tammy and her husband Len Boden continue to rent the half section from Gwen. Blair Boden, Len Boden, Tammy Boden, David Sheets, Doug Sheets, Lynn Peacock. In front: Gwendolyn Sheets
Family Name: Bellingham, Roger and Glenna Bellingham Land Location: South of Bawlf
The lure of cheap land brought Arnold and Julia Bridge from Missiquoi, Quebec west in 1912. With them were their four daughters, Iva, Sadie, Venia and Ada; and three sons, Milton, Arnold and William, who only came part way. Iva taught school in a Doukhobor settlement in Saskatchewan and the other girls stayed in Regina. The sons were in the armed forces in World War I. In 1915, Iva came to Bawlf and taught at Ohaton, Oak Park and Normana schools. In the spring of 1917, Iva purchased land south of Bawlf. The Bellinghams arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1894 and settled in eastern Canada. In 1910, Frank Bellingham came west to homestead in the Lougheed area where he met Iva, who was there at the time. Frank and Iva were married in 1918 and settled on their farm south of Bawlf. They had four children, Frances, Stewart, William and Ramsay. Stewart took over the farm from Frank and Iva. In July 1956, Stewart married Molly Wanner and they had two children; Roger and Karen. Roger started farming in 1980 continuing the farming tradition. He married Glenna Baumle April 1994 and they moved onto the farm after Stewart and Molly moved to Camrose. Roger and Glenna had twin boys, Spencer and Evan. Stewart continued farming up until his passing in February 2004. Today Evan and Spencer are farming with Roger, being the fourth generation for the Bellingham farm. The boys are fortunate to also be the fourth generation farming land originally owned by their great grandfather, Jacob Wanner. A Camrose County Century Farm Award was received for this parcel in 2012.
Family Name: Sand, Tim and Donna Sand Land Location: East of Edberg
The Sand family came to the Rosebush district east of Edberg in 1901. Our Great Grandfather first homesteaded south west of Meeting Creek but turned in his homestead there and moved north to what is now the Cherry Lane Bed and Breakfast quarter. My grandfather’s brother, Joseph Sand, filed on our home quarter, as he was the eldest son, and my grandfather, Elmer Sand, was not yet of age to take out a homestead. Much is lost in history, but my grandfather ended up with this quarter. We Donna and Tim Sand are not sure of the exact date that Elmer moved here to the home quarter, but Elmer married Pauline Flohr in 1913, and they lived here. In 1916, Elmer and Pauline built the old hip roof barn that is still standing, and the house was built the following year, which my mom, Selma Sand, currently lives in. Grandpa Sand passed away suddenly in the fall of 1956. My parents, Leon and Selma Sand, who were living on the home quarter in an old house, and Granny, who was living in the main house, took over the farm. Pauline, aka Granny, moved off the farm in 1964 and moved to Camrose for her retirement years. In 1990, my dad Leon, passed away and I and my wife, took over the farm. To this day we continue to farm, with our three sons: Dustin, Nolan and Brandon. We currently operate a 200 head cow/calf operation, as well as farm some grain land.
Family Name: Langille, Mark and Tammy Langille Land Location: Rosalind
Our farm history starts in Brule Point, Nova Scotia in 1864, when my great grandfather, Nathaniel Langille was born. Nathaniel’s ancestors came and settled in Nova Scotia in 1751. He was married in 1889 and had 5 children. In 1905, he made the trek out west to try his hand at homesteading. He settled on a piece of land 3 miles south of Rosalind. In 1914, Nathaniel purchased the quarter section that we are celebrating over a century on. He purchased this land for $2,720.00 which, at the time, was a significant amount of money.
This quarter was farmed by him for another 30 years and then sold to his son Victor (my grandfather) in 1944. Victor owned and farmed this land with his wife Jean. Victor and Jean were able to make a fine living of farming and raising five boys off the land that they owned. In 1977, after 33 years, they sold this quarter to their youngest son and his wife. Glendon and Jeannette were very active farmers and, like most in those days, had a mixed farm consisting of grain, cattle, chickens, pigs and a few horses. Being raised on a farm like this, I was very active in helping with chores and harvest, thus confirming my passion for this lifestyle. As I got older, more time was spent out in the fields, with long hours helping my dad and his brothers make sure the grain got in the bins. In 2012, mom and dad retired, and my wife Tammy and I purchased the home quarter and 3 others from them, including the quarter of my great grandfather’s, making me the 4th generation Langille to harvest this land. It is very rewarding to know that 4 generations of families have made it through many years, a lot of hard work, endless late nights and some sweat and tears, and yet were able to keep this quarter under the same name that was first put on it in 1914. I think Nathaniel would be very proud. Glendon, Jeannette, Mark and Tammy Langille
Evan, Glenna, Roger and Spencer Bellingham
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Farm Awards Family Name: LUNDSTROM, Douglas and Gloria Lundstrom Land Location: West of Edberg
Emil and Ida Edstrom were living west of Edberg on the home quarter in 1917. Emil Edstrom passed, and Ida married Emil Lundstrom. They continued farming this land. They had a son Warren. In 1946, Warren married Florence Gibson and 2 children were born to this union, Marlene in 1949 and Doug in 1952. In 1960 Warren and Florence took over the farming operation, which consisted of 4 quarters of land and a few milking cows. In 1967 they built a broiler barn and in 1970 a new dairy barn was built. Unfortunately, Warren passed away before the dairy barn was completed and Doug stepped in to be the main man of the operation, continuing to farm with his mother. In 1976, Doug married Gloria Hall. They had 3 children, Todd, Rob and Kristy. In 1981 Doug and Gloria bought the home quarter. Florence had built a new home across the road and a new broiler barn was built there. In 1998 the dairy was sold, and a third broiler barn was constructed. Florence passed away in 2001 and Todd and his wife Lori and their 2 children, Charlize and Chase, have taken over her yard site. Todd now works for Brock Rock. Rob, his wife Reana and their 3 daughters, Ariana, Alyssa and Alexa built a home on the property that was subdivided. They continue to run the broiler operation and have built a 4th broiler barn. Kristy is a schoolteacher in Edmonton where she resides with wife Carly and their daughter Hayden.
Lori, Charlize, Chase & Todd Lundstrom. Gloria (holding sign) & Doug Lundstrom. Rob, Reana, & Ariana Lundstrom, with Alyssa and Alexa in front. Kristy Lundstrom & Carly (Steiger), with Hayden in front.
Family Name: Friend, Florence Friend; Son, Harry Friend Land Location: East of Rosalind
In 1918 Harry and Edith Friend bought a half section near Rosalind. During that summer Harry broke up 5060 acres of prairie land on the farm and they moved onto the farm in the spring of 1919. More land was added to the farm to make 800 acres. In 1942 one quarter was bought for $800. In 1952 son Ronald married Florence Reber and they lived in a little house on the home farm where Ronald farmed with his father. Harry and Edith lived on the farm until Harry’s passing in January of 1958. Edith moved to Camrose where she resided until her passing in 1975. Ronald and Florence raised three sons and a daughter on the farm. They farmed the land and raised cattle. Ronald passed away suddenly on August 11, 1988. Florence remained on the farm for 7 more years where she maintained a herd of cattle. After Ronald’s passing, the crop land was rented out to nephews and is now farmed by his grandsons. In the spring of 1995 Florence moved to Rosalind and traded homes with son Harry and wife Charlene. After she moved to Rosalind, Florence spent a lot of time on the farm fixing fence and helping with the cattle. Harry and Charlene raised their two daughters, Ashley and Tara on the farm and love to have the grandkids come out to ride horses and help move cows. Florence now resides in Camrose. We are proud to still be farming and raising Angus cattle on the Friend Homestead.
Family Name: Trautman, Steven and Deanna Trautman Land Location: West of Duhamel
In 1911, John Trautman, and his wife Catherine, brought their family from Genesse, Idaho to Duhamel area to farm. After farming for several years, their son Peter purchased a quarter west of Duhamel in 1920. Peter and his wife Carey built a house and a barn on that quarter for $500. Together they had four children, Irene, Donald, Jim and Stanley. They had a mixed farm operation with grain, cattle, pigs, chickens, horses, and a milk cow or two. They also ran a custom threshing crew and even bred foxes. When Peter and Carey retired, Stan and his wife Mary took over the family homestead. For over thirty years Stan worked alongside his brothers, Don, and Jim; all three families working toward a common goal to have a successful farm. When Stan and Mary retired, Odean changed the direction of the farm to a Registered Dairy operation. Odean and his wife Charlotte, along with their children Maureen, Steven and Becky all contributed to the accomplishment of Trautman Dairies for over 30 years. When the dairy herd dispersed, Steven and his wife Deanna started S & D Trautman Farms Inc. They currently operate a 4000-acre grain farm. They also have 90 beef cows. With their children Grace and Matthew, they continue the tradition of living and farming on the home quarter. In the past 100 years, the values learned growing up and helping out on the farm have been a great source of pride to the Trautman Family. This has contributed to making the farm both prosperous and viable. Their success would not have been possible without the un-ending support of community and neighbours.
Odean, Charlotte, Deanna and Steven Trautman. In front: Grace and Matthew Trautman
Family Name: Tennant, Norman and Kathleen Land Location: North of Bawlf
James Tennant, wife Harriet and family, William, Cliff and Laura left Dinsmore, SK and moved to Bawlf to be near Harriet’s family in 1917. In 1918 James purchased the South half from A. Wenzel and they began a mixed farm, raising grain, pigs, chickens and cattle (both dairy and range). When James purchased the land, he was told there were 70 acres broke, but when he seeded it there Norman and Kathleen was barely 35. What a disappointment. James passed away in 1931 Tennant and William (Bill) and Cliff continued to farm until 1933 when Cliff purchased the land from his mother. William married Sophia Brown and moved north of Bawlf. Cliff and Irene raised their family of three and continued farming until 1978, when they sold their farm to Norman (grandson of James and Harriet) and Kathleen. Cliff and Irene moved into Daysland. Today the land is farmed by Norman and Kathleen’s son Daryl.
Family Name: Tennant-Roth, Norman and Kathleen Land Location: North of Bawlf
In 1907 Adolph Roth, Grandfather of Kathleen Roth Tennant took out a homestead on a quarter of land north of Bawlf and moved his family here from Nebraska, USA. They worked this land until 1912 when they sold the land to Thomas and Archibald Brown (Great Grandfather and Grandfather of Norman Tennant) In 1917, after Thomas passed, the land became Archibald’s and in 1932 this land was transferred to Mabel Brown (Archibald’s wife, Norman’s Grandmother) Mabel and son Archie continued to farm this and it was transferred to Archie in 1952. Archie farmed and lived on this quarter until his passing in 1992. The land was left to Norman (nephew) and Kathleen Tennant, who have continued farming this land along with son Daryl to this day. It is our belief that this land has been in our family since 1907.
Family Name: Tennant-Brown, Norman and Kathleen Homestead Land Location: North of Bawlf Date:
Charlene, Harry and Florence Friend
In the early 1900s the Brown family moved from their homestead land near Ryley to a quarter north of Bawlf where they became squatters. In 1912 they purchased the quarter from Adolph Roth and in 1914 they purchased the squatter land. As per the story from the NW quarter the land passed down from one family member to the other until Norman and Kathleen Tennant inherited it from Archie Brown (uncle) in 1992. This land also remains in the family and is presently farmed by the Tennant family. Sophia Tennant was Sophia Brown, daughter of Archibald and Mabel Brown.
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CUTTING OF HAY CROPS ON PUBLIC ROADS
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Bylaw 1020 Prior to July 15th of any year, only the owner of land abutting the ditch of a public highway under the jurisdiction of Camrose County is authorized to harvest by cutting, baling, or any other method, any forage crop that grows within the said ditches of the said highway.
COUNTY ROADSIDE PROGRAM We have opportunities for anyone interested in joining our progressive, rural focused financial institution. Are you: An Ag sales person involved in farm implement sales or farm input sales?
The County recognizes that certain individuals wish to harvest the roadside vegetation for hay; if you wish to harvest the roadside vegetation you must contact the Agricultural Services office at 780-672-4765 prior to May 28, 2021 and identify these locations.
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Persons must complete an “Agreement for the Restricted Use of Herbicides for Brush and Weed Control in Sensitive Areas” and must post Camrose County “DO NOT SPRAY AREA” signs prior to May 28, 2021.
Submit resumé with cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MLA Lovely appointed to Premier’s Council By Murray Green
Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely was appointed to the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society (council) for a twoyear term, ending on Jan. 31, 2023. “It is my pleasure to advise that you have been appointed as a member of the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society (Council) for a two-year term,” said Rajan Sawhney, minister of community and social services. The council is part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to har-
MLA Jackie Lovely
ness the power of civil society to help address social challenges. “This commitment builds on
Alberta’s rich tradition of volunteerism, charitable giving, and communities coming together to solve problems. I am confident that as a member of the council, you will effectively engage civil society organizations and provide advice to government on how to strengthen civil society’s capacity to support Albertans in need.” As a council member, her role in ensuring public agencies are governed effectively with a high level of accountability is critical to the organization’s success.
Centuries of farming families By Lori Larsen
Spotted throughout the County are old buildings, weathered and grayed, some standing as tall as the day they were built over a hundred years prior, and some literally on their last leg of life. But all of them contain their own collection of short stories of the life that once beamed inside the walls. Since 1993, the Government of Alberta has been recognizing the vital role farms and farming families play in our province. Recognition is given by the Province of Alberta (ministry of agriculture and forestry) through the
presentation of the Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Awards to farming families that have reached their 100th or 125th anniversary of farming/ranching in Alberta on original family farms. In 2020, more than 50 Alberta farm/ranch families were recognized, many of which are in their fourth and sometimes fifth generation of farming the same land, and more than 1,800 farm families have been recognized since the inception of the program. “The Century Farm Award presentations are one of the highlights of my role as MLA,” remarked Camrose MLA Jackie
Camrose County will be spraying along County Roadsides for the control of brush and weeds commencing May 31. Spraying will not be done in front of building sites. The brush control program will be undertaken for safety, ease of snow removal and site line improvement.
Lovely. “We have our now fifth generation working together on our family farm. “These awards come with decades of hard work by family members toiling together. My father always says, ‘A family that works together stays together!’ The older I get, the more wise these words are to me.” The agriculture industry is one of the main contributors to the Alberta economy and celebrates a rich history of family business embedded with deep roots to the fields tilled and livestock raised. “Thank you to the
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agriculture community for the significant contribution you make to our communities,” said Lovely. “You put food on the table not only for Canada, but worldwide. I’m pray-
ing for sun and rain, but not too much sun and not too much rain. And I’m wishing you all safety as you prepare to head out into the fields for another season.”
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Another Liberal cover-up
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By Damien C. Kurek, MP, Battle River-Crowfoot
Canada’s Liberal Government is yet again being rocked by another scandal as sexual harassment allegations have been brought against former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Jonathan Vance. Once again, it seems that the most connected and powerful people within the Liberal Party are attempting to cover up, minimize, and dismiss serious allegations as they work to filibuster proceedings, delay investigations, and restrict key witnesses. Rumours about General Vance’s conduct dates back to before 2015, at which time there was an immediate investigation conducted by the previous Conservative government. At that time, no evidence of wrongdoing was found. However, three years ago under the current Liberal government, a victim came forward and presented further evidence. Instead of immediate action, it appears there was a cover-up and the general’s appointment was extended with a pay raise. Since this past January, when Vance stepped down as the CDS, more troubling details have been revealed, including evidence showing influential Liberals, like the minister of defence, senior advisors, and even the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, were aware of these allegations. So far, Prime Minister Trudeau denies his involvement, but his story continues to change as more evidence surfaces. At a time when headlines spoke of the need to support victims of high-profile sexual misconduct around the world with the #metoo movement, it appears the Liberals attempted to cover up allegations. The confidence of those who serve in our military, especially servicewomen, has been shaken, especially when it comes to those who have taken the brave step to speak out. There needs to be a plan to tackle the issue of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces. The official opposition has called for a service-wide independent investigation into sexual misconduct in the military. We’ve also called to suspend all general and flag officer promotions and salary increases, while this investigation takes place. Conservatives have also proposed changes to ensure future complaints are made to an external independent body outside the chain of command. The government recently announced that former Supreme Court Justice, Louise Arbour, has been appointed to conduct an independent external review. This is a needed step, but like many issues, it has taken headlines and embarrassment to force this government to take action. At the same time, it has revealed their mismanagement and attempts at cover-ups which force delays. Unfortunately, many are questioning the legitimacy of a review where the rules are written by those who very well may have been involved in the initial cover-up. The official opposition and I stand with victims of sexual abuse and harassment and the brave women who come forward. Canada’s Conservatives will continue to work to expose the corruption, hypocrisy, and misconduct of a government that needs to remember whom it serves; especially at a time when our nation is in crisis. Those who bravely wear our nation’s uniform, and all Canadians, deserve nothing less. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this column, you are encouraged to write MP Kurek at 4945-50 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, text 403-575-5625, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stay up to date with Damien by following him on social media @dckurek. If you are in need of assistance regarding a federal government program, or need assistance and don’t know where to turn, feel free to reach out to Damien’s office.
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Fighting for better programs By Murray Green
Canada’s Prairie provinces are pursuing equitable, timely and predictable business risk management (BRM) programs for producers. The March 25 federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting resulted in a deal for farmers and ranchers. All three Prairie provinces voted in favour of removing the reference margin limit (RML), which will provide support to producers across the country experiencing declines in farm income. “A majority of provinces participating in the FPT meeting voted in favour of the federal government’s $170-million change to AgriStability. This constituted the majority of agricultural production across the country. However, the federal government chose to withhold $75 million in compensation funding for farmers, costing Alberta $12 million per year in federal transfers. We are disappointed that the federal government chose to withhold these publicly communicated funds, especially when you consider that Alberta net transfers more than $20 billion to Ottawa annually,” said Devin Dreeshen, minister of Alberta agriculture and forestry. The Prairie provinces also proposed that the federal government provide their 60 per cent share of the cost to increase the compensation rate while allowing the provinces flexibility in the level of funding that they can provide. A number of provinces supported this motion, representing the vast majority of Canada’s agricultural production. The Prairie provinces will continue to encourage the federal government to commit their 60 per cent share of the proposed compensation rate change. “Reliable business risk management programming is essential for the continued growth of the agriculture sector. Producers have made it clear that removing the reference margin limit will help the AgriStability program function as intended and make the program more effective and equitable. Removal of the RML will improve AgriStability so that producers can continue supplying the world with safe, high-quality food,” added David Marit, minister of Saskatchewan agriculture. The Prairie provinces are working closely to advance policy reforms as part of the next agricultural funding framework in 2023 to improve AgriStability for all agriculture producers.
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