Agricultural Service Board (ASB) delegates from more than 70 municipalities around Alberta will be in the Central Alberta region this week as Mountain View County and Red Deer County co-host the 2017 ASB Summer Tour.
The ASB Summer Tour is an event held annually in different rural municipalities in Alberta to highlight the agricultural production industry in the host municipalities.
Delegates will be touring farms in both counties. Due to the large amount of guests involved, organizers have split the group in half, with half of them touring Red Deer County farms one day, and switching with the other half to tour Mountain View County the next day.
Stops on the Red Deer County delegate tour include Beck’s Farm, Antler Valley Farms, Bystrom Farm and Bluegrass Nursery and Sod Farm. Stops on the Mountain View County delegate tour include the Reese Cattle Company, Brian Ellis Seed, Carlson Ag/Agri-Trend demo, and the Barr-Ag Hay and Grain Exporters.
There is also a great lineup of tour stops for delegate partners in both Mountain View and Red Deer Counties including Shirley’s Greenhouse, Fallen Timber Meadery, The Jungle Farm, Edgar Farms, Solstice Berry Farm, PaSu Farms and the historic village of Markerville.
Youth attending the tour will spend their first day in Red Deer County visiting Fort Normandeau, Wildlife Discovery Park, the RCMP dog training facility and Dickson Dam. The second youth day will be held at Olds College where the youth will take part in several hands-on experiences and activities including farm safety, wetland exploration, landscaping, greenhouses and the Veterinary Technician program.
The itinerary also includes several welcome events to kick off the week and a Stampede Breakfast on Friday at Olds College to wrap up the week. Several guest dignitaries, including Agriculture & Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, are expected to be in attendance for the breakfast.
Mountain View County Reeve Bruce Beattie said the municipality is honoured to co-host the event and to partner with Red Deer County to plan this large undertaking.
“We believe partnering with our northern neighbour will help illustrate the advances in innovation and technology in Central Alberta’s agriculture industry. We’re proud to team up with Red Deer County to offer this insight into the diverse and thriving agricultural production industry in our areas,” he said.
For more insight into the tour visit www.2017asbtour.ca, and follow both Mountain View County and Red Deer County social media accounts for updates during the week.