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Ag societies put on a wide range of events from the low key, like the Fairview Farmers’ Market (Cheryl Bieda of Misty Meadows Apothecary pictured in pre-pandemic days) to the very big, such as the Strathmore Stampede (see photo below), which attracts 40,000 people over four days. But big or small, the loss of revenue puts a gaping hole in the budget.

Cut costs and carry on: Ag societies caught in a web of uncertainty due to COVID

Most revenues come from events that aren’t taking place while the bills keep rolling in

Reading Time: 4 minutes When COVID-19 hit, Strathmore and District Ag Society went into total shutdown. “We were just kind of reeling at first. We laid off all the staff, cancelled events, cancelled Strathmore Stampede, cancelled cowboy concerts,” said Ryan Schmidt, the society’s general manager and CEO. “Everything looked kind of black and dark. You can’t see where to […] Read more

Government pledges funds for agricultural societies

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government says it’s changing the grant formula to help agricultural societies, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Part of the funding for ag societies is based on events they hold. “As a result of COVID-19, most of these events did not happen, which is why Agriculture and Forestry changed the 2021-22 […] Read more