Calgary, Alberta, June 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Mark your calendar to Farmer’s Day this Friday June 11, 2021 as the United Farmer’s of Alberta Co-operative (“UFA”) recognizes farmers and ranchers whose work does not stop, even in the event of a pandemic.
The 112-year-old cooperative has been celebrating Farmers Day since a 1945 congress resolution where UFA declared a fixed date to observe “Farmers Day” to recognize the importance of the agricultural industry in the country. ‘Alberta. Farmers’ Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in June. For many years, Farmers’ Day was a provincial holiday, children were taken off school, and families could spend quality time together after the busy planting and calving seasons.
“Celebrating Alberta’s agriculture industry and the work of our members and customers is especially important this year,” said Scott Bolton, President and CEO of UFA. “During the pandemic, agriculture was declared an essential service, there were no days off for our members and customers, and our cooperative was proud to continue to provide the products and services they needed to maintain nutritious foods on grocery store shelves. Going forward, as we begin to open up the economy, the agri-food and agri-food industries will continue to be critical and will be critical to our province’s economic recovery.
The UFA will not be the only one to celebrate. Elected officials from federal, provincial and municipal governments will mark Farmers’ Day with statements of support for the Alberta Legislature, lighting up urban landmarks like the Calgary Tower and the High Level Bridge in orange and green , the mayor’s proclamations and letters of recognition. From farm to fork, the impact of the agri-food industry is felt in rural and urban communities, and UFA is grateful for the support of all of its partners.
“We work throughout the year to improve the economic and social well-being of our members and clients by providing an active voice on behalf of farmers on many fronts through advocacy, partnerships, awareness and education, ”says Bolton. “We are also working to build vibrant rural communities by supporting local initiatives through a strong community investment program. It is important for our co-op to provide support where it is needed most, and last year was no exception.
UFA will feature special offers in its June circular, giving members and clients more time to take advantage of the offers, when it suits them. UFA is asking Albertans to seize the power and potential of Alberta’s agriculture industry on social media and share their images and posts by including the hashtag #FarmersDay and tagging @ufacooperative.
Check out www.UFA.com/FarmersDay for more details on Farmers Day 2021 as June 11 approaches!