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The popularity of Open Farm Days continues to grow — both with Albertans and the province’s farm sector.

Apply now to be an Open Farm Days host farm

Deadline for host applications is May 31

Applications are now open for farmers and ranchers wanting to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days. The annual event, which takes place on Aug. 17-18 this year, set records in 2018 for the number of participating farms and on-farm sales. Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary […] Read more

A new grant program is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of facilities used by agricultural societies.

Grant to reduce ag societies’ energy costs

The government of Alberta has announced a $10-million grant program to reduce energy use in facilities operated by agricultural societies, which operate more than 700 facilities including hockey rinks, curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos and fairs. The new program will support technologies that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facility […] Read more


Ag societies get their funding wish

Alberta’s ag societies got their wish in last month’s provincial budget — stable funding from the province. The government pledged to give the 283 primary and seven regional agricultural societies $11.5 million per year for the next three years. “This longer-term commitment ensures that agricultural societies can plan ahead and budget for the facilities, events, […] Read more



Open Farms Days breaks record for visitors and sales

The latest edition of Open Farm Days broke records as visitors flocked to farms and ranches across the province to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta. Newly released data shows there were close to 18,000 visits to the 92 farms and ranches hosting events and activities Aug. 20-21, while 26 culinary events […] Read more