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More than a thousand donors boost Lakeland College

Reading Time: < 1 minute A five-year fundraising campaign has garnered Lakeland College $12 million.  That’s $1 million above the campaign goal. As of April 30, 1,096 people had made 2,967 donations.  The fundraising initiative is focused on three priorities: Expanding student success, empowering the next leaders in agriculture, and growing results-oriented research.  “Because of our donors’ generosity, Lakeland students […] Read more

The United Nations’ General Assembly Hall in Manhattan. (BWZenith/iStock/Getty Images)

World Food Program seeking billions within six months to avert famine

Pandemic may double hunger worldwide, agency says

London | Reuters — The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will need to raise US$6.8 billion over the next six months to avert famine amid the COVID-19 crisis, the agency said on Tuesday. The WFP, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week for its efforts to prevent the use of hunger as […] Read more


FCC AgriSpirit Fund deadline looming

Application deadline is March 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute There are only a few days left to apply for FCC AgriSpirit Fund grants. The program will see Farm Credit Canada award $1.5 million in funding this year to registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 but the application deadline is March 31. The fund supports projects that […] Read more

4-H Canada launches national fundraiser

Reading Time: < 1 minute 4-H Canada is launching its first-ever national fundraising campaign that will see participating 4-H’ers sell seeds, bulbs, and roots from Veseys Seeds Ltd. Sixty per cent of sales will go back into supporting 4-H in Canada, with over half of the profit staying local. “Our youth members told us they wanted to be part of […] Read more


The Newell Foodgrains Growing Project is one of three dozen in Alberta this year — although this group should be counted three times. It raised $2,500 in donations this spring when a horse-drawn seeder was used to plant four acres near Rosemary. Another 100 acres of barley were conventionally planted near Gem. In late August, 15 farmers brought their combines to harvest the 103-bushel-an-acre crop, which was sold for a very handsome $7.38 per bushel (raising nearly $76,000). Then the group raised more than $43,000 (and counting) at a harvest supper at the end of October.

Stories that touch the heart — and generate a big response

Reading Time: 3 minutes The world has got a little smaller for some Alberta farmers. And that’s a good thing. Alberta farm communities continue to be huge supporters of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank — raising more than $2.6 million last year. One of the foundations of that support has been “food study tours,” where farmers (who pay their travel […] Read more

Olds College to create ‘smart agriculture’ centre

Reading Time: < 1 minute Olds College has been given a $16-million donation it will use to create an institute specializing in ‘smart agriculture.’ The Werklund Agriculture Institute will use big data, technology, and enhanced Internet connectivity to increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production. The funding is a gift from David Werklund, an entrepreneur best known for his […] Read more


Ken Pohl used a sulky plow and a team of Percheron quarter-horse crosses to prepare a five-acre field for seeding this spring for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project near Ponoka.

Big and small, Foodgrains Bank growing projects making a difference

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mother Nature is making things difficult this year, but Alberta’s small army of Canadian Foodgrains Bank volunteers isn’t deterred. There are 32 growing projects underway in the province this year, including a new five-acre initiative near Ponoka. That’s where the Ponoka Ag society, in partnership with Ken and Verna Pohl, are growing oats completely with […] Read more

Man receiving food donation in Kenya.

Ponoka fundraising auction making a difference

Reading Time: 2 minutes Organizers of the 13th annual Canadian Foodgrains Bank Fundraising Auction in Ponoka are expecting another banner event. “We’re hoping for 60 to 70 animals to be donated,” said Arnie Tenbrinke, one of the event’s organizers. “This year we’re also stepping things up a bit by offering a free lunch.” The lunch, Tenbrinke is quick to […] Read more