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Alberta OYF finalists selected

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Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program has selected the semi-finalists to compete for the title Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmer.

They are Ryan Albers of Acme, who operates a lamb feedlot and ewe flock, and grain and oilseeds farmers Robert and Angela Semeniuk of RAS Farms at Smoky Lake.

The semi-finalists will be honoured March 15 at the Olds College Alumni Centre. Keynote speakers will include Matt and Tara Sawyer of Acme, who were chosen as the 2011 Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

The winner will be selected to represent Alberta at the National Awards Program, to be hosted in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

The nominees were selected according to the progress made in their agricultural career, environmental and safety practices, crop and livestock production history, financial and management practices and their contributions to the well-being of the community, province and nation.

For more information, visit www.oyfalberta.com or contact

Karilynn Marshall, [email protected]

Project promotes prostate cancer tests for rural Albertans

Agribusiness, and in collaboration with rural doctors, nurses and organizations, are working with Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) and Prostate Cancer Canada to launch a “Combines for Cures” pilot project in central Alberta.

PCC says limited time and proximity to health-care facilities reduce the number of rural men over 40 being tested for prostate cancer. Donations to Combines for Cures will go to the purchase of a “Man Van” for rural Alberta, a mobile testing unit for men who live on farms, ranches and small communities.

Man Van events will be held in central Alberta this spring, with men encouraged to take a PSA blood test to screen for possible presence of cancer.

Farmers can support the project through grain donations at their local Crop Production Services (CPS) retail outlets from March to August. Pledge forms explaining the program are available in CPS retail stores. Western Feedlots will also be accepting feed grains on behalf of the program.

Events are scheduled at Olds (March 21), Crossfield (March 25), Trochu (March 29) and Didsbury (June 23).

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