By Karla Bergstrom, ACPC Policy Analyst
Chops & Crops is an annual event hosted by The Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Alberta Pork, Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, Alberta Lamb Producers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Potato Growers of Alberta, Alberta Pulse Growers, the Alberta Oat Growers Commission, and Alberta Barley.
In 2014, the event took place December 9 in Edmonton and saw Premier Jim Prentice among many other influential government representatives such as Minister Verlyn Olson spend the evening with our partnership of agricultural producer groups from across Alberta. These ministers, MLAs and other government representatives had the opportunity to engage directly with agriculture’s stakeholders and producers, to learn how they ensure we are responsible stewards of the land while focusing on food safety and animal welfare.
“We are honoured that Premier Prentice, Agriculture Minister Olsen and so many others took the time to attend this event, demonstrating their commitment to agriculture in this province and its contribution both to the economy, and the health and wellness of its residents,“ says Colin Felstad, past Chair of the ACPC and local Dapp, Alberta farmer who attended the event.
We as the ACPC see value in meeting with the government as a group of producers and the organizations that represent them so we can work efficiently with our government to achieve common goals. Many of the attendees shared their appreciation for the opportunity to meet directly with farmers and the organizations.
Alberta Canola Connects is your window into the activities of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission as we work both locally and globally to help contribute to the long term success of canola farmers in Alberta.