On Friday, June 8th, UFA Co-operative Ltd. honoured the contributions of Alberta's farmers by celebrating Farmer's Day.
It's a time when we can collectively celebrate Alberta's agriculture industry and thank our members for their passion and tireless efforts in providing safe and nutritious food to Canada and the world.
We have a rich and deep history celebrating Farmer's Day, dating back to 1945, when our co-operative passed a resolution at a convention to declare a fixed day to observe Farmer's Day as a way to recognize the importance of agriculture in the province. Historically, every second Friday in June was a provincial holiday where schools would close and farming families would come together to celebrate the agricultural community as a whole. Several years ago, UFA decided to resurrect the decades' old tradition and every year since, it's gotten bigger and better!
This year was no exception. Communities across the province gathered together to enjoy a day of recognition and celebration at UFA Farm & Ranch Supply stores and Petroleum Agencies. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our members and customers who helped to celebrate the farmers and ranchers in our province. We would also like to thank the many volunteers and partners who helped to make the day a huge success. As a co-operative, we know that success happens when we work together and Farmer's Day was a shining example of our members' co-operative spirit!
"Farmers Day is a chance to celebrate agriculture," said Carol Kitchen, President & CEO of UFA Co-operative. "This day is about honouring our relationship with our members and customers. We work to improve the economic and social well-being of our members and remaining connected throughout communities by providing an active voice on behalf of farmers through advocacy, partnerships, awareness and education; and by proudly giving back more than $750,000 annual to rural communities."
Agriculture was celebrated on Farmer's Day with fun activities and music at many UFA locations and of course, there was plenty of food and contests as well. We are proud to announce this year's Farmer's Day contest winners:
- $1000.00 UFA Credit: Gerrie Brown, Lyle Herter, Ralph Spence, Linda Meyer, and Benita Fossen.
- Hoffman's Horse Ration: Arlin
Strohschein and Connie Russell
- Magnum Bale Feeder: Karen & Dwayne Wanchuk
There were also colouring contest winners at all 35 Farm & Ranch Supply stores and at 25 Petroleum Agencies. Congratulations to all of our contest winners!
Thank you to our members and customers for attending events across the province and for helping to honour agriculture!