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Crowds gathered across the country to celebrate Canadian farmers
Crowds gathered across the country to celebrate Canadian farmers
Feb 14, 2018

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Crowds gathered across the country to celebrate Canadian farmers

Canada’s second annual Agriculture Day bigger and better than last year

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Farms.com

Yesterday marked Canada’s second annual Agriculture Day, a celebration of food and the ag industry. And participants embraced the national event.

Indeed, thousands of Canadians joined into events held across the country, according to a Farm Credit Canada (FCC) release yesterday.

“We are thrilled at the level of participation and engagement by producers and partners of Canadian agriculture, as well as consumers, in events and social media across the country,” Candace Hill, manager of Agriculture More Than Ever, said in the release.

Hill and her team are still tallying numbers, but she is confident that participation and engagement surpassed last year’s celebration.

Many Canadians showed their support on social media and the hashtag #CdnAgDay trended on Twitter.

“Our agriculture and agri-food sectors contribute over $110 billion to our economy and generate thousands of quality middle-class jobs in the food processing, transportation and retail sectors across Canada,” Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in the release.

“At a local level, family farms are the lifeblood for many rural communities; they support small businesses, their children attend local schools and they contribute in many ways to the quality of rural life in Canada.”  

Canada’s Agriculture Day provided the opportunity for those in the ag industry and consumers to share ideas on how Canada can help to feeding a rapidly growing population, according to Michael Hoffort, FFC president and CEO.

“The relationships that were forged as a result of Canada’s Agriculture Day will help move the industry forward into the future,” he said in the release.

This year’s event involved industry associations, community groups, individuals and the media, according to Hill. And people are already looking forward to next year’s celebration.

 

Photo Credit: https://www.agriculturemorethanever.ca/cdn-ag-day/