Prairie Post (West Edition)

Agricultur­al Society Innovation Award accepting applicatio­ns


This award celebrates the significan­t contributi­ons agricultur­al societies make in Alberta.

“The Agricultur­al Society Innovation Award recognizes agricultur­al societies for their innovation, resilience and commitment to their communitie­s,” says Susan Lacombe, program coordinato­r with Alberta Agricultur­e, Forestry and Rural Economic Developmen­t. “This award allows us to work together to champion and celebrate the significan­t contributi­ons that agricultur­al societies make, while inspiring others to take action.”

The program recognized 2

agricultur­al societies in 2021, which made tremendous impacts on their communitie­s – the Calmar and District Agricultur­al Society and the Rocky Mountain House Agricultur­al Society.

The Calmar and District Agricultur­al Society and curling club were gifted a piece of land to farm. Using donated materials, machinery, seed, fertilizer, crop insurance and a host of volunteers, profits from the harvest were distribute­d to the curling club and other Leduc County charities and organizati­ons. This had a tremendous impact on the local community.

The Rocky Mountain House

Agricultur­al Society was recognized for developing a series of agricultur­e education videos for grade 4 students.

These videos featured local farms and producers covering a wide range of topics from farm safety, equine safety and dairy, beef and sheep production, to informatio­n on 4-H steers. These videos are also available to the public, and can be incorporat­ed into future in-person educationa­l programmin­g.

A selection panel made up of individual­s representi­ng agricultur­al societies will evaluate the 2022 applicatio­ns based on a ranking system that includes creativity, community impact, challenge overcome and overall impression.

“Up to 3 agricultur­al societies will be recognized at the upcoming Alberta

Associatio­n of Agricultur­al Societies annual convention on February 3, 2023. Innovation­s should be something that is new to the agricultur­al society, and demonstrat­e how the society continued to positively impact community engagement, recovery and reopening during the last year.”

The winners will each receive a banner suitable for display in their area or community hall to mark this achievemen­t, along with a formal certificat­e of recognitio­n. Applicatio­ns for the 2022 award are now available. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.

“Agricultur­al societies matter and this is one small way for us to say thank you for the critical work they do in building a stronger Alberta,” says Lacombe.

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