The 2018 Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients have been announced.
In Camrose at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, farm and ranch families spent an evening with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Carlier O’Neill where they were presented their plaques of recognition.
Twenty-seven families in East Central Alberta were recognized this year: The McMillan Family of Botha, the Haupt and Boden Families of Heisler, the Anderson Family of Erskine, the Baird Family of Gadsby, the Berkholtz Family of Hay Lakes, the Bowie Family of Rosalind, the Etty Family of Galahad, the Giedemann Family of Heisler, the Gilbertson Family of Brownfield, the Hillman Family of Forestburg, the Kroetsch Family of Heisler, the Larson Family of Donalda, the Martin Family of Sedgewick, the McNabb Family Forestburg, the Melin Family of Czar, the Mowat Family of Galahad, the Nelson Family of Metiskow, the Ness Family of Sedgewick, the Persson Family of Millet, the Prichard Family of Killam, the Rix Family of Wetaskiwin, the Roth Family (Doug) of Heisler, the Roth Family (Randal and Barbara) of Forestburg, the Schetzsle Family of Veteran, the Schilling Family of Halkirk, the Stevenson Family of Galahad, the Toth Family of Bashaw, the Vincett Family of Galahad, and the Wakefield Family of Coronation.
The award is meant to acknowledge family farming operations that have continuously owned and operated the same land for 100 or more years. Each plaque is custom made with cast bronze to mark the milestone. The plaques are approximately 10” by 14” in size and are suitable for mounting in or outside.
“Agriculture is at the core of who we are as Albertans,” said Minister Carlier. “It’s an integral part of the foundation of our province’s cultural heritage, our strong economy and our vibrant rural communities. It is an honour to recognize these founding families and their legacy. Our government continues to support the sustainable growth of our local food industry and the hard-working entrepreneurs in this sector.”
A total of 96 families are being recognized across the province, including 15 families who were honoured in Nisku on June 21. Since the awards inception in 1993, over 1,750 families have been given the prestigious award.
Alberta currently has over 40,000 farming operations in the province which equates to more than 50 million acres.