Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Front Page - BY JAMIE RIEGER SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

There was no short­age of vol­un­teers and equip­ment at the an­nual Vaux­hall and Dis­trict Food­grains har­vest last Tues­day as 19 com­bines, 13 trucks, and four grain carts took to the field to har­vest the boun­ti­ful bar­ley crop.

The yield was above av­er­age with 475 met­ric tonnes, equalling just over 131 Bu/acre on the 160 ir­ri­gated acres and 20 Bu/acre on the 40 acres of dry­land.

"It went fairly well. We had lots of help and got it done quickly. We're re­ally happy with the qual­ity of grain. We got 58 lbs. per bushel av­er­age. That's more than 20 per­cent heav­ier than av­er­age," said Kerby Redekop, Vaux­hall and dis­trict grow­ing project spokesper­son, and added that the bar­ley went di­rectly to the feed­lots the fol­low­ing day.

Prairieview Seed Pota­toes of­fered the land for this year's project and had the site all prepped for har­vest day. Six swathers in the field a week prior to the har­vest.

"We use dif­fer­ent fields ev­ery year. We're lucky that we al­ways have peo­ple in the area who will do­nate land to us ev­ery year. For some projects, find­ing land is their big­gest chal­lenge," he said.

Kolk Farms Ltd. and Mar­ket­place Com­modi­ties pur­chased the bar­ley and the monies raised will go to the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank.

The Cana­dian Food­grains Bank, founded in 1983, part­ners with churches and church-based or­ga­ni­za­tions and is ded­i­cated to end­ing global hunger through a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pro­grams.

CFB, in 2016-17, pro­vided $25 mil­lion in food as­sis­tance pro­gram­ming.

For that same time pe­riod, they con­trib­uted $13 mil­lion to agri­cul­ture and liveli­hood pro­gram­ming which is fo­cused on help­ing peo­ple pro­vided food for them­selves and fam­i­lies for the long-term.

CFB works with farm­ers to in­crease yields through sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture prac­tices, help gen­er­ate more in­come from what they grow and some­times, pro­vide seeds and farm­ing tools to help them get started.

They also or­ga­nize women's groups to sup­port women farm­ers in man­ag­ing their in­come earned from selling pro­duce and teach new farm­ing meth­ods to help them adapt to chang­ing weather pat­terns, or help to bet­ter with­stand nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Un­der their nu­tri­tion pro­gram, CFB also helps to re­duce mal­nu­tri­tion through ed­u­ca­tion, clean wa­ter, and feed­ing pro­grams, teach moth­ers about im­por­tance of breast­feed­ing, pro­vide for­ti­fied sup­ple­men­tary foods for mal­nour­ished chil­dren, and works with fam­i­lies in start­ing veg­etable gar­dens. In 2016-17, $3 mil­lion went to nu­tri­tion pro­gram­ming.

Also in 2016-17, the or­ga­ni­za­tion helped more than 900,000 peo­ple in 35 coun­tries and ev­ery year, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment con­trib­utes $25 mil­lion in match­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Photo con­trib­uted

Vol­un­teer farm­ers helped with the highly suc­cess­ful Vaux­hall Foograins Bank Har­vest Aug. 21. For more on this year’s har­vest north of Vaux­hall,

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

There were a lot of peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the Vaux­hall Food­grains project’s har­vest on Aug. 21 but there was so much more in­clud­ing the seed­ing, swathing and the pig roast dur­ing the sum­mer.

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