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January 18, 2012

There may have been hockey out on the ice at Crescent Point Place, but the real action for these youngsters was during pick-up hockey ball at one end of the arena upstairs on Saturday. Photo above a discussion takes place while the ball is held; bottom: eight year old goalie Carter Ganser makes the save while playing with a different group of boys. ©Provost News Photos.

Photo in January 18 edition of The Provost News.

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Jump in Ag. Production Needed to Feed Planet
Hughenden resident Terry Lee Degenhardt, who is one of the directors of the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers took in the organization’s annual general meeting in Edmonton. A director for Region 7, which covers this area and north to Vermilion she reported on the January 11 and 12 meetings.

The theme was “Shaping the Future of Agriculture” at the 16th annual session.

Delegates heard from the provincial Agricultural Minister Evan Berger who sees his mandate as raising the profile of agriculture – the biggest renewable resource in the province. He noted the need to bring young people back to the farm, and the economic impact agriculture has in the province. Farmers spend $7.7 billion each year on inputs.

The Wild Rose Agricultural Producers had been doing strategic planning and its vision for the organization is “We will be recognized as the voice for Alberta on general agricultural issues.” And the mission is to advocate for Alberta producers and develop policy that creates a sustainable agricultural industry. To achieve this goals were identified such as increasing awareness of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers, increasing membership, creating sound policy, developing a strong relationship with government and developing leadership and mentorship programs.

President of Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) Ron Bonnett, gave the delegates an update on national issues. Agriculture is getting more attention internationally. By 2050 agricultural production has to increase by 70 percent to feed the projected population. A child born in October brought world population to 7 billion people. Global economic problems make it especially important to stress to governments that money spent in agriculture is an investment, not a cost, delegates heard. CFA took the lead in re-establishing International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). During the time it was inactive, the U.N. was lobbied by many small groups who were not representing farmer’s views. Robert Carlson from the U.S.A. is the current president of IFAP.

The web based company, Welltraxx.com, offers a service of tracking well payments and renewal notices, offering information on going rates for lease reviews.

FCC continues to be a major lender for agricultural production, carrying 29 percent of farm debt in Canada. All profits are returned to the sector, and FCC is also a promoter of the positive aspects of agriculture and encourage it as a career path.

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Vandalism Causes Oil to Overflow

Provost RCMP report that someone opened valves on a 750 barrel tank which caused it to overflow with oil.

Workers believe that the vandalism took place between 3 p.m. on January 9 and 9:45 a.m. on January 10 at a sour well storage site west of Bodo.

This “senseless act” will result in a cleanup bill of almost $15,000 say police.

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This week we ask: "What’s the Last Thing That Made You Laugh?"
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8 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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