2017 Annual Report - Community Investment | UFA Co-operative Ltd.

2017 Annual Report

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As a co-operative, UFA knows there is power in people working together. Our community investment program supports that belief by responding to members’ needs and lending a helping hand. In 2017, UFA invested in rural communities across the province sponsoring rink boards, Lions’ clubs, high school rodeos, village beautification projects, performing arts festivals, rural museums, bonspiels and many more projects—we gave to 405 rural community projects in 2017. In 2018, we plan on engaging more closely with our rural staff — UFA petroleum agents, UFA Farm & Ranch Supply store managers and sales staff — to better support what matters to the communities where our members live and work.

Community Investment 2017

Ag For Life

As someone who has worked with Ag for Life, I am glad to see UFA supporting their initiatives. Ag for Life is taking farm safety and agriculture education to the next level, and I see the commitment and energy they put into all their programs. We are in a time where we need to connect the urban population with rural, and Ag for Life is bridging the gap.

Tara Sawyer, Chair, Outstanding Young Farmers of Alberta program, Sawyer Farms Ltd., UFA family since 1999, Acme, Alberta

Ag for Life

Helping deliver programs focused on reducing farm injuries and promoting agriculture through educational awareness programs is a key reason for UFA’s ongoing support as a founding partner of Ag for Life. In 2017, UFA participated in the Grande Prairie Safe Communities program, where 600 children from kindergarten to Grade 6 learned how to identify and control various dangers they could encounter in rural areas and on the farm. UFA also proudly supported Ag for Life’s new Agriculture Education Teachers’ Symposium initiative, which was designed to include agriculture in the K-12 curriculum.

UFA Cattle Trail, Calgary Stampede

As a producer, I really appreciate UFA’s investment into the Calgary Stampede’s UFA Cattle Trail. It allows the collaboration of the entire beef value chain to showcase all that it is doing to produce beef that is safe for the consumer and yet fully adheres to the need to be environmentally sound, focus on animal welfare and be a world class leader in new technologies.

Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Calgary Stampede International Committee Chair and CEO, CL Ranches, UFA family since 1965, Jumping Pound, Alberta

UFA Cattle Trail, Calgary Stampede

From pasture to plate, the UFA Cattle Trail tells the story of beef, and provides an opportunity to showcase the stories and lifestyles of UFA members and customers across Alberta. 2017 was the second year UFA sponsored this live animal display of beef cattle, which is bolstered by informative and engaging displays about the industry. With more than 120,000 visitors to the UFA Cattle Trail in 2017, the interactive display showcased industry practices that enhance animal welfare, ensure food safety, protect natural resources and improve health and nutrition for consumers. It also allows UFA to continue work with other important agriculture industry partners to bring producers, vendors and consumers together.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

Many young people have been inspired, motivated and given hands-on opportunities to shape our industry through the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Program. I applaud UFA for supporting such a valuable leadership program that helps to ensure the sustainability of the local producer.

Mona Howe, 2017 CYL participant, Owner, Two Rivers Ranch, UFA member since 2005, Empress, Alberta

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

The CYL development program provides industry specific training and mentorships to young producers between the ages of 18 and 35. Participants have the chance to take part in provincial, national and international high-level discussions that define the direction and future of the Canadian cattle and beef industry. In 2017, Carol Kitchen, UFA President & CEO, mentored Kristy-Layne Carr, a beef producer from Manitoba as part of the program. Both women are both passionate about leadership and about advancing women in the agriculture industry. Kristy-Layne is also interested in exploring the global beef trade, market forces which impact domestic beef prices and fostering better relationships between cow/calf and feedlot sectors.

4-H Alberta

As a volunteer with 4-H Alberta for the past 25 years I have seen first-hand the positive impact UFA has had on this youth program. This partnership is a natural fit as both organizations support rural families and their communities. Continued partnership with 4-H Alberta will help UFA to engage and educate our youth and help them understand the value and importance of co-operatives.

Mark Sayers, Past President 4-H Alberta Council, UFA Delegate Lethbridge District, UFA member since 1983, Lethbridge, Alberta

4-H Alberta

For almost 80 years, UFA has supported the Alberta 4-H Foundation as part of our commitment to supporting our members in the work they do to feed the world. In 2017, UFA provided more than $100,000 to the Alberta 4-H Foundation to support their programming and special events. UFA was part of the special 4-H Centennial Fever weekend at the beginning of August, to celebrate the organization’s 100 years of 4-H in Alberta at its provincial birthplace: Olds College!

Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) Camp Goldeye

This past week my team worked together to create structures that outlined differences between co-operatives and corporations. My group used different materials to depict the “One Member, One Vote” principles of co-operatives. I have made memories and friends that I will never forget. Thank you for sponsoring me to come to this amazing program.

Robyn Yaremcio, Stettler, Alberta, ACCA camp attendee, sponsored by UFA Delegate Guy Neitz, Stettler, Alberta

Co-operative Association (ACCA) Camp Goldeye

A long-standing program for UFA, our co-operative has supported the ACCA Youth program for more than 52 years. Once again in 2017, UFA’s 42 delegates each selected a local youth from their region to attend the camp. The camp offers youth ages 11-18 the chance to experience the magic of summer camp, and learn about the benefits of co-operatives, while growing future leaders and promoting agriculture. Throw in a fun camp environment at the Goldeye Centre at Rocky Mountain House and the stage is set for a great leadership development opportunity for rural youth.

Team Koe

It was a wise investment for UFA to support Team Kevin Koe. UFA can choose how they spend their advertising dollars. To me what better way to do it, than to support a team such as Koe, who is playing in front of a national television audience. Their professionalism and willingness to chat and share what their life is like on and off the ice with us at a recent UFA event in Camrose shows their character. You picked winners UFA. It was a home run!

Grant Bailey, UFA Member since 1978, Camrose, Alberta

Team Koe

UFA is proud to support the Alberta men’s curling team, Team Koe, comprised of Skip Kevin Koe, Third Marc Kennedy, Second Brent Laing and Lead Ben Hebert. Curling plays a significant role in the rural communities we serve, making UFA’s partnership with Team Koe a natural fit. Curling holds a special spot in the hearts and minds of many Albertans and is part of the fabric that makes up rural Alberta. UFA is proud of our partnership with Team Koe and to support their success in 2018. We were proud to support them as they represented Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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