With gratitude, we thank our corporate partner, FCC

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This profile features the partnership that Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) has with Farm Credit Canada (FCC). We’re proud to team up with this dynamic group that does so much for agriculture in Canada!
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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is an important player in our country’s agriculture industry. As Canada’s top agricultural lender, FCC plays a vital role in supporting and strengthening our industry’s agribusinesses: from primary producers to companies that specialize in agri-food products.

FCC is a financially self-sustaining federal Crown corporation, reporting to Parliament through the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. As an organization, FCC focuses on efforts that support Canadian agriculture, and give back to communities across Canada. They have over 1,700 employees in 100 offices throughout rural Canada.

FCC serves agriculture businesses in a wide variety of ways, helping producers and agribusinesses succeed by offering the following core services:

• Financing and Insurance: for primary producers, agribusinesses and young farmers
• Ag Knowledge: news articles and events to help producers manage production, marketing, human resources, technology, finances, business planning, and more
• Resources and Tools: innovative accounting and farm management software, calculators and specialized training
• Community Support: 4-H support, community funding, food bank drives and other partnerships

Beyond offering tailored products for agriculture, FCC staff are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with others in the industry. Each year, a representative from FCC attends our AFA Annual General Meeting to bring the latest advancements and outlooks to AFA members who attend our event.

In January 2016, we heard from Rob Schmeichel, FCC’s District Director from Edmonton, Alberta. Rob spoke passionately about the importance of telling agriculture’s story and being an agricultural advocate in today’s world with consumers so focussed on transparency and social license. All in attendance appreciated his enthusiasm, and his important message.

“In the years that AFA has partnered with FCC, we’ve admired their collaborative approach to business and the many ways they support agriculture across the country,” says AFA President Lynn Jacobson. “AFA and FCC personnel connect on a very deep level because we all share such a strong passion for agriculture. It’s a very rewarding partnership and we’re grateful for their friendship.”

Celebrating agriculture in Alberta: the 2016 Harvest Gala

The fall season is a wonderful time to celebrate the abundant harvest produced by Alberta farmers and enjoyed by consumers around the province and the world. Each year, Alberta’s Ag for Life organization celebrates Alberta’s harvest with a gala celebration of food, fun and music.

The 2016 Ag for Life Harvest Gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 21 in Calgary. This is the fifth year for the Gala, and the event is well-known for presenting a unique fusion of urban and rural style, plus a glorious range of delectable locally-produced foods. A silent auction will also be available to raise funds to support the important educational programs that Ag For Life spearheads in Alberta.

The Fifth Annual Harvest Gala
Friday, October 21, 2016
6 pm to 11 pm
Calgary, Alberta

Ag for Life is a not-for-profit organization committed to building a greater understanding and appreciation of Alberta’s agricultural industry, and its fundamental connection to life. The Harvest Gala is one way Ag for Life reaches out to Albertans to tell the story of our incredible industry in this province. Other Ag for Life success stories include: Classroom Agriculture Program, Little Green Thumbs, Alberta Open Farm Days, City Slickers, Rural and Farm Safety Days and the Rollover Simulator Project.

Two Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) Directors, Marion Popkin and Tony Jeglum, attended the Ag For Life Harvest Gala in 2015, along with over 500 other attendees. AFA supports this important event in agriculture, and we share Ag For Life’s passion for agricultural advocacy.

“This event is a great way to bring Alberta farmers together with their urban neighbours,” says Jeglum. “We also appreciate the important leadership that Ag For Life provides in improving farm safety, and sharing the story of how agriculture impacts the lives of Albertans.”

Tickets for the 2016 Harvest Gala event can be purchased online here: http://agricultureforlife.ca/event/2016-harvest-gala/