Sunday, April 17

Prince Albert Fair Showcases Diversity of North Central Agriculture

source: Farm and Food Report

Within half an hour’s drive of Prince Albert, one can encounter forest or some of the richest agricultural land in the province; one can meet elk, cattle and bison producers; and it is possible to grow cereals, oilseeds or pulse crops.

Arguably, north central Saskatchewan is our most agriculturally diversified region. And it shows at the Prince Albert Farm Fair, now in its 19th edition, according to Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nicole Bertrand.

“This is a high energy event. Agricultural producers are still in their planning stage. It is still too cool for them to be in the fields. They are looking for spring options, and have a bit of time to implement technical changes. The race is on for them to take advantage of the latest advances.”

Bertrand expects that 4,000 visitors will go through the gates of the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre on March 23 and 24.

“We have a huge agriculture sector,” says Bertrand. “Exhibitors are always pumped to talk to as many producers as possible. Our theme this year is Strengthening Our Farm Economy: Diversity and Sustainability. Farm Fair 2005 offers a unique one-stop educational and entertainment opportunity for anyone interested in agriculture.”

Farmers and ranchers will get to see the newest developments in machinery, seeds, pesticides, buildings, livestock feed and equipment, as well as many other related products. Nearly 100 exhibitors will have displays indoors and on the grounds.

“This year, our educational seminars offer agricultural producers a chance to hear about new practices, market forecasts and new trends. Our luncheon on March 23 is designed to attract the wider business community by providing attendees more of an executive summary on markets. Every year, we want to make sure P.A. businesses know the importance of agriculture in our region. Our 2:00 p.m. session that day is designed more for producers and goes more in depth into forecasts.”

Always a hit among visitors, the Vintage Power Machines will also be on site, providing demonstrations of antique and rebuilt farm equipment such as stationary engines, tractors and other machines. There is something for everyone, according to Bertrand.

“We want to attract producers, but we also want to reach out to the wider community and show how we all work collaboratively toward the economic viability of our region.”

If it has to do with agriculture, you'll find it at Farm Fair 2005. Show hours are 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00, and is free for children under 12.

For more information on Farm Fair 2005, please contact the Chamber at (306) 764-6222 or the Prince Albert Exhibition at (306) 764-1711.

For more information, contact:
Nicole Bertrand
Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce
(306) 764-5983

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