Young farmers and ranchers from across Alberta will be converging on Olds for Rural Roots Canada Ag Day on March 1.

The Alberta Young Farmers and Ranchers will be holding their Annual General Meeting as part of the day and are inviting anyone working in the agriculture sector between the ages of 18 and 40 to join them.

Lauren Ovinge is the President of AYFR

“The AGM will be held during the Rural Roots Canada Ag Day, it starts at 5 p.m. after the brewery tour, and we’ll just be discussing the year coming up and the year we just had and where we are headed for the next year,” says Ovinge.

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She says AYFR has really grown in the past few years.

“The Alberta Young Farmers and Ranchers is a group of young farmers and ranchers from around Alberta that is trying to provide networking and learning opportunities for young farmers as they transition from 4-H or college as they are growing into their role on the farm.”

Ovinge adds the group provides some extra information and helps farmers get a head start in their farming careers.

Ovinge says there are benefits to being a part of this group.

“It’s a huge opportunity just from the fact that you can see how everyone is kinda handling their situations.”

She says it’s good to connect with farmers from across the province.

“If you are interacting with people from across the province there’s a pretty good chance that you run into somebody who’s faced similar challenges whether that is access capital and talking about succession planning, making extra money on the side and just trying to finance these operations.”

“It’s also nice to have a support group you can talk to who are going through very similar challenges.”

For more on the Alberta Young Farmers AGM and Rural Roots Canada Ag Days click here.