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Ag For Life hosts annual Harvest Gala in celebration and support of Alberta agriculture

Over 500 guests attended the annual Harvest Gala in support of school and community based programs aimed at improving rural and farm safety and creating enriched understanding of the positive contribution of agriculture in Alberta. The Gala was held on Saturday November 2nd, 2013 at the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, AB.

The 2nd annual Gala included keynote speaker, Honourable Verlyn Olson, QC, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, speaking about the significance of Alberta agriculture and the importance of Ag for Life’s work in the province. Gala guests enjoyed an Alberta home-grown dinner, a stroll through the Artists Gallery and Farmers’ Market, performances by the Keister Family Fiddlers, Tony Michael, Cowboy Poet Don Wudel, Blake Reid and Wildflower. Special guests included, Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education; Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development; MLAs David Dorward, Ken Lemke, and David Xiao.

Ag for Life credits like-minded partners and sponsors from various sectors including agri-services, energy, financial and not for profit along with farmers, ranchers and community leaders, for working together to make the Gala such a success.

“I’m delighted to see such an incredible outpouring of support for Alberta Agriculture. So many individuals, groups and organizations have come forward to acknowledge and celebrate our vital agricultural industry and I want to thank them all for helping to realize the Ag for Life vision,” said Ag for Life CEO, David Sprague. “Their donated time, money and/or gifts have helped the organization meet its many goals over the past year,” added Sprague.

The 2013 Harvest Gala Sponsors included: Craft Beer Sponsor - ATB Financial, featuring Yellowhead Brewing Company; Farmers’ Market Sponsor - Agrium Inc.; Magazine Sponsor Rocky Mountain Equipment in conjunction with its original equipment manufacturer partners, including Case IH Agriculture and New Holland Agriculture; Media Sponsors - Edmonton Journal and 630 CHED; Menu Sponsors - Alberta Milk, Barr Estates Winery, Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk; Cargill Limited; Sgambaro’s Signature Seafoods Inc.; Student Table Sponsors - Agrium Inc. and TransCanada Corporation; Table Sponsors - Penn West Exploration and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA); Venue Sponsor - Northlands; Décor Sponsor - CEO Inc; and a big thank you to the volunteer 4-H Ambassadors.

Ag for Life is made possible through the funding and commitment of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Founding Members include Agrium Inc., ATB Financial, ATCO Group, Penn West Exploration, Rocky Mountain Equipment, TransCanada Corporation and UFA Co-operative Limited. Contributing Members include AdFarm, Glacier Farm Media and Mosaic Studios.

Find out more at agricultureforlife.ca.

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