Ninety-six long-working Alberta farm families are enjoying some recognition for reaching a major milestone.
 
The provincial government is handing out Century Farm and Ranch awards to families across the province who’ve farmed the same land for 100 years or more.
 
The Francis family of Ardrossan is one of 17 families set to be an honoured for their achievements at an award ceremony at Ukrainian Village on August 2.
 
“Agriculture is at the core of who we are as Albertans. It’s an integral part of the foundation of our province’s cultural heritage, our strong economy and our vibrant rural communities,” said minister of agriculture and forestry Oneil Carlier.
“It is an honour to recognize these founding families and their legacy. Our government continues to support the sustainable growth of our local food industry and the hard-working entrepreneurs in this sector.”
 
Alberta is home to more than 40,000 farms on 50 million acres of land. The province’s agriculture exports are valued at over $11 billion annually.
 
Other families receiving awards on Aug.2 include:
- Austin family of Paradise Valley
- Botten family of Boyle
- Cadieux family of Lac La Biche
- Chomik family of Bruce
- Flack family of Spedden
- Fletcher family of Wainwright
- Giebelhaus family of Bruce
- Goldsmith family of Dewberry
- Holowaychuk family of Smoky Lake
- Johnson family of Lloydminster
- Kiziak family of Derwent
- Koles family of Willingdon
- Lundgren family of St. Paul
- Minailo family of Willingdon
- Skoreyko family of Bellis
- Zazula family of St. Michael
 
Since 1993 more than 1,750 families have received Century Farm and Ranch awards.
 

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