A process which began last January to ensure the Grain Growers of Canada are truly the united voice of Canada's grain farmers was recently completed. The organization's new governance structure has been unveiled following a strategic review.
The Grain Growers of Canada launched its strategic plan around this time last year and it has now been completed following the announcement of the new chair and board of directors.
Jeff Nielsen - a farmer from the Olds area - was elected as chairman for the GGC. Nielsen is pleased to be part of the rejuvenated organization.
According to Nielsen, there was a desire to seek new members in their review. He says they have 3 new members with the GGC: Grain Farmers of Ontario, Quebec Grain Producers, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association.
Nielsen notes they have build a strong framework for an organization that will be a strong voice for farmers in Ottawa.
He discusses some of the notable accomplishments for the GGC this year.
Another 2018 highlight for the Grain Growers of Canada was the new federal transportation act.
Olds firefighter Noel D'Arcy is going to try to get his name into the Guiness World Record book on Sunday, August 18th.
D'Arcy will also be raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation when he puts on full firefighting gear - including an air tank and breathing through the apparatus - in order to run in the Servus Edmonton Marathon.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), has announced over $1.9 million in Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) funding towards Olds College to bolster Alberta’s agriculture industry.
This is the 7th year for Alberta Open Farm Days. The event runs on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th. It includes tours of farms from around the province and a chance to learn from producers.
A change in leadership is on the horizon for the town of Didsbury. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Harold Northcott has accepted the CAO position with the County of Vermilion River and will start his new job there in early September. Northcott has tendered his resignation to the town of Didsbury and Mayor Rhonda Hunter hopes to see a new interim CAO in place by the end of August or early next month.
The AgSmart expo began on Tuesday, August 13th. The two-day show at Olds College started with a number demonstrations and a session with Robert Saik as he launched his book "Food 5.0: How We Feed The Future".