GFM Network News


Accompanied by her grandson Spencer Boles (front row, far left), Judy Sweet (front row, second from the left) presents her donation to Josie Van Lent, dean of Lakeland’s School of Agricultural Sciences, and Geoff Brown, associate dean. In the rear (from left to right) are: Ethan Winsnes (sheep unit manager), Hannah Olsen (students’ association president), Brantley Wasmuth (crops assistant manager), Connor English (research unit manager), Jonathan Lange (dairy unit manager), Colton Nickipelo (general manager), Jarrett Hargrave (purebred beef unit manager), and Erica Horner (commercial beef unit manager).

Donation to aid Lakeland College farmland expansion

A $500,000 donation will allow Lakeland College to buy more land for its farm operations. The donation came from Judy Sweet, who had previously donated funds to modernize and expand the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility, which officially opened two years ago. Sweet and her late husband, Garth Sweet, raised purebred simmental cattle for more […] Read more

Symposium aims to educate educators about ag

Event scheduled for Nov. 24 aims to be annual affair

Ag for Life is hosting a teachers’ symposium in a bid to bridge “the gap between the agriculture sector and classroom curriculum.” “Most families are three to five generations removed from the farm today and that disconnect leads to a misunderstanding about how food is raised,” said Luree Williamson, CEO of the Alberta non-profit, which […] Read more


McCain grant supports ag education program

The McCain Foundation has donated $10,000 to support an agriculture education tool kit developed by Ag for Life. The tool kit was created for use in schools, and includes information such as provincial statistics, facts and F&Qs, agricultural terminology, learning activities, and key contacts (such as producer groups and agriculture educational programs) that are available […] Read more

Ag apprenticeship program opening doors for high school students

Two-thirds Alberta’s Green Certificate program grads find work 
and one-quarter go on to an agricultural post-secondary program

Two-thirds of high school students who complete Alberta’s Green Certificate program end up working in the agriculture industry. In a survey of recent program graduates, the province found that 67 per cent of students were successful at finding employment in agriculture after finishing the Green Certificate program and 63 per cent are still employed in […] Read more


Williamson new CEO of Ag for Life

Luree Williamson is replacing David Sprague as CEO of Ag for Life, who is retiring at the end of the month. Since joining Ag for Life in 2011, Sprague’s accomplishments include the launch of Ag for Life and the investment of over $3 million in agricultural education and rural and farm safety programming reaching close […] Read more