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					PROJECTS…                                                                                                                              Winter 2007
to keep the                                                                                   Creating
region                                                                                        Opportunities...
progressive                                                                                                                            PH: (403) 381-5414
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              Mapping the Agricultural Economy                            Energy Efficiency Tune-up for Farms                 
              SouthGrow Regional Initiative has been working              A new pilot program is looking to help 100 producers                                                                                        Creating Opportunities...
              with the Farm Irrigation Management Section of              in the SouthGrow region make their operations more
              Alberta Agriculture and Food to develop a picture           energy efficient. Energy audits will help these producers     We Are...               Members Get Road Map                                       economic growth and address rural challenges and
              of agriculture in the SouthGrow region. Specifically,        identify ways to cut operating costs and improve their       City of Lethbridge      The Three Year Business Plan was presented at the          opportunities. The $100 million fund will consider
              maps have been developed based on data gathered by          bottom line. The OnFarm Energy Efficiency Program                                     general meeting of the membership on January 17,           projects that contribute to the growth, prosperity
                                                                                                                                       Town of Cardston
              AAFRD that show the crops and livestock activity            was developed by Climate Change Central and Alberta                                  2007 at the Sandman Inn in Lethbridge. The Strategic       or quality of life of rural Alberta and that demon-
              in the SouthGrow region. These maps will soon be            Agriculture and Food to explore opportunities to help        Town of Claresholm      Collaboration Committee was charged with overseeing        strate how they support the community. Projects
              available on SouthGrow’s website and are a first step        improve energy efficiency within the agriculture sector.                              the development of this document. Priority initiatives     that are identified as priorities through compre-
                                                                                                                                       Town of Coaldale
              to SouthGrow’s “Grow Your Own” project.                     For a limited time, SouthGrow-region dairy, poultry and                              for the 2007/2008 include: developing and building         hensive community planning processes or where a
                                                                          swine producers in Alberta may be eligible for energy        Town of Coalhurst       partnerships by forming Ad Hoc Industry/Sector             broad cross-section of the community is involved
              The “Grow Your Own” project involves getting an
                                                                          efficiency audits. These audits will evaluate energy use                              Committees, providing training to member representa-       are encouraged. More information and details are
              accurate picture of the import, export and value-                                                                        Town of Magrath
                                                                          on the farm and provide recommendations for changing                                 tives, developing regional success stories and recog-      available at
              adding activity taking place in the SouthGrow region                                                                     Town of Milk River
                                                                          equipment or practices that will result in economic and                              nition event to further brand SouthGrow, developing
              as it pertains to agriculture. The project will result in
              a clear understanding of the agriculture and value-
                                                                          environmental benefits.                                       Town of Picture Butte   industry/sector profiles, conducting an opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New Members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SouthGrow Regional Initiative is pleased to announce
              added agricultural activity taking place in the region      Beyond the pilot, the OnFarm program will establish                                  identification study of the region and continuing with
                                                                                                                                       Town of Raymond                                                                    that the Village of Champion and Cardston County
              for opportunity identification and investment attrac-        a regional network that includes equipment, supplies,                                Alternative Energy Initiatives including the inaugural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          have joined as member communities, bringing total
              tion purposes.                                              services, financing and expertise needed to improve           Town of Taber           Alternative Energy Conference. These initiatives will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          membership to 26 communities. The new member-
                                                                          energy use in Alberta’s agriculture sector. If you are in-                           be funded mainly through membership monies as well
              SouthGrowN People, Products and Pride                                                                                    Town of Vauxhall                                                                   ships align with the alliance’s mandate to develop
                                                                          terested in participating in the program call now to book                            as Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
              SouthGrow has partnered with Alberta Agriculture                                                                                                                                                            and build regional partnerships.
                                                                          your audit. Contact Debbie Campbell at (403) 329-1212        Town of Vulcan          through its partnership agreement.
              and Food to develop a publication focusing
                                                                          or by e-mail at                    Village of Barons       Lenore Rockenbach, Committee Chair said, “we are
              on SouthGrowN People, Products and Pride.                                                                                                                                                                                           24

              Supplementing the “Grow Your Own” effort, the pub-          This program is funded by Alberta Innovation and                                     very pleased with the strategic direction this is taking
                                                                                                                                       Village of Carmangay                                                                                                                                 Milo

              lication will show the people that are involved in the      Science’s Unleashing Innovation Program and Alberta                                  the organization. It will allow us to move forward with                              23                          542
              agricultural economy, from primary to value-added to        Agriculture and Food. More information is available          Village of Coutts       our goals and provides us with a road map for how                                   Vulcan
              food service. The 16-page, tabloid sized publication        at SouthGrow Regional Initiative’s website (www.                                     to get there.” Focusing on the natural and existing
                                                                                                                                       Village of Champion                                                                             2                                    Champion                     845

              will feature value chain players in various segments by following the links to the Southern                                strengths of the region and building on the past initia-                                                    23
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              of farming and ranching processors and end users            Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership and Climate           Village of Milo         tives of SouthGrow, “this plan reflects the synergy of             Claresholm                            Barons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            County of                                                      M.D. of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lethbridge                                                     Taber

                                                                                                                                                               the committees and their projects.” The business plan

              in the area. The publication will be distributed to         Change Central.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Picture Butte

                                                                                                                                       Village of Nobleford

              over 45,000 homes in the SouthGrow region free of                                                                                                was endorsed unanimously by the membership.                                                                                     Coalhurst                  3                        Taber

                                                                          2007 Tiffin Conference Series                                 Village of Stirling                                                                                                                                                 Coaldale
              charge in an effort to showcase SouthGrowN people,                                                                                               At the meeting the New Economic Development                                                            LETHBRIDGE                                                           36
                                                                          The Tiffin Conference Series at the Lethbridge                                                                                                                                                                            5
              products and pride that contribute to a thriving agri-                                                                   Village of Warner       Coaching Guide was also introduced to member-                                                 n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blood                                                Stirling

                                                                          Community College is made possible through the                                                                                                                           W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         r to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tribe           Magrath              Raymond
              cultural economy.                                                                                                                                ship. The Guide compliments and builds upon existing

                                                                          Ronald Tiffin Agricultural Endowment Fund, held in            Cardston County                                                                                                                                                                        Warner

              New Foreign Worker Hotline Announced!                       honor of Ronald Wight Tiffin, to provide world class                                  training resources in the province, enhances the                                                  Cardston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              62                                   Milk River
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           County of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cardston                                                                         Warner
              Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry has            learning opportunities to southern Alberta’s farmers         County of Lethbridge    coaching and leadership skills of CED practitioners                            5          2

              recently announced a new toll-free Foreign Worker           and ranchers. The series continues on February 15th          MD of Taber             and provides additional tools to use during community
              Information Line to assist employers with questions         with the topic: “Alternative Enterprises in Agriculture”.                            economic development projects. The Guide was
                                                                                                                                       Vulcan County           developed in response to the 68 percent of the mem-
              on the immigration process. Experienced Alberta             The session takes place at the LaValley Theatre in the
              Employment, Immigration and Industry staff are              Instructional Building at the Lethbridge Community           County of Warner        bership who identified in SouthGrow’s Opportunity
              available Monday to Friday to answer questions              College. Key Note Speaker is Ted Bilyea from the                                     Attraction Needs Assessment that they needed as-
                                                                                                                                       Blood Tribe             sistance in developing and delivering their Economic
              on the immigration process. Call: 1-877-427-6419            Canadian Agri-Food Council. For more information or
              within Alberta or (780) 427-6419 outside Alberta.           to register, contact Kathy Waddell at 403-329-7212.                                  Strategic Plan.
                                                                                                                                                               Marie Logan, sixth generation farming family from
                                                                                                                                                               County of Vulcan and director of Rural Alberta’s
                                                                                                                                                               Development Fund, also spoke about the Fund which
                                                                                                                                                               is a not-for-profit company created by the Government
                                                                                                                                                               of Alberta in order to support communities, regional
                                                                                                                                                               alliances, government departments and not-for-profit
                                                                                                                                                               organizations in starting initiatives that stimulate
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PEOPLE…           Sakamoto Earns More Accolades                                                           Universal Music and                          Vauxhall High: A Source of Pride and                    torical data of each school included in the Fraser
                  Ron Sakamoto continues to do Canada and in par-                                         CEO of the William                           Celebration                                             Institute’s annual report card, out of 270 high schools
make the          ticular, South Central Alberta proud. Not only is                                       Morris         Agency.                       Vauxhall High School was recently recognized            and 729 elementary schools in Alberta, only the top
SouthGrow         Sakamoto a fourteen time winner of Promoter of                                          Sakamoto’s election                          at the Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in          30 were invited to attend the awards. Principal Todd
                  the Year Award from the Canadian Country Music                                          on the Board enables                         Education for Academic Achievement in Excess of         Ojala notes that “without the community that we have
region proud.     Association (CCMA), he was named the U.S. CMA’s                                         him to participate in                        Expectations (runner-up) and received an honourable     and without the teaching staff that we have, without
                  international promoter of the year. Adding to these                                     decisions in country                         mention in Improvement in Academics in the high         the feeder schools that we have, I don’t believe we
                  accomplishments is his recent election onto the                                         music that will guide                        school category. Vauxhall High School was one of        would be in line for this award. It’s a combined effort
                  board of directors of the American Country Music                                        its direction and po-                        only seven schools in the province to be nominated      from the division to the communities to the parents, to
                  Association in Nashville, becoming only the second                                      tentially      increase                      in the two categories. Based on analysis of the his-    great students to great teachers.”
                  Canadian named to the Board that represents 5,000                                       the profile of the
                  voting members. Sakamoto of Gold and Gold                Canadian country music industry and its artists. Ron is
                  Productions joins a group of powerful and influen-        a familiar face on SouthGrow’s website. He’s featured
                  tial people in country music, including the CEO of       as one of our SouthGrowN people.                           PRODUCTS…        Broxburn Vegetables in Finer Restaurants                to add value to canola and flax oils with enhanced
                                                                                                                                                       Imagine growing produce and spices that are used        health properties to use in foods and food prepara-
                                                                                                                                      SouthGrowN       in regional cuisine at area restaurants creating        tion.
                  Blood Tribe’s Creighton Honoured                         rights, housing and hunger prevention. Creighton’s         and valued.      a fresh, healthy win-win scenario for producers
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The first aspect of the Bioactive Oils Program aims
                  Eugene Creighton of the Blood Tribe was recently         law firm, Walsh Wilkins Creighton, in Standoff acts                          and restaurants in the region. The key ingredient
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to increase the saturated fatty acids in canola from 6
                  honoured by the University of Alberta with one of        as counsel for a number of First Nations organiza-                          in this picture is Rudy Knitel, a marketer with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to 7 percent up to 15 to 20 percent, allowing proces-
                  37 Alumni Honour Awards. These prestigious awards        tions. An expert in Aboriginal Law, Creighton has                           vision. Knitel’s company Galimax has partnered
                                                                                                                                                                                                               sors to use Canadian grown canola for trans-free food
                  recognize alumni who have made significant contri-        educated non-Aboriginal lawyers about first Nations                          with Broxburn Vegetables and Café Owner Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                                               applications such as baking. The second aspect of
                  butions to their communities and beyond, improving       people, and taught at the University of Lethbridge                          DeJonge, and using a ready network of Calgary
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the program involves developing flax seed lines with
                  the lives of others through their efforts in human       and Red Crow College on Aboriginal issues.                                  and Banff restaurants, has ensured that region-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               enhanced polyunsaturated fatty acids content in the
                                                                                                                                                       ally produced fruits, vegetables and other foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                               form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are
                                                                                                                                                       are available to consumers through restaurants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               linked to the maintenance of good health and show
                      Justin Duban ... SouthGrow Spotlight                 fuel for his family’s farm near Nobleford. The                              Currently, Galimax-Broxburn is supplying fresh
                                                                                                                                                                                                               promise in reducing rheumatoid arthritis, high blood
                                                                           fuel is used in nearly all the diesel equipment                             vegetables and spices as well as in season fruits
                                                                                                                                                                                                               cholesterol, coronary heart disease, diabetic neuropa-
                                                                           on the farm at blends of 10 to 40 percent with                              to more than 30 restaurants in Calgary, Canmore,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               thy and high blood pressure.
                                                                           regular petroleum diesel.                                                   Banff and Lake Louise. Galimax ... bringing
                                                                                                                                                       SouthGrowN products together with consumers in          With the advantage in Western Canada being uniform
                                                                           So, how does he convert used restaurant oil into                            the region to ensure a truly regional cuisine.          growing conditions in a large area that produce a
                                                                           biodiesel? The waste vegetable oil is processed                                                                                     uniform oil, the program is sure to provide a link
                                                                           via a chemical reaction called transesterfication.                           Adding Value for Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                               between plant breeders and the end users through
                                                                           This reaction breaks down the triglyceride (oil)                            Alberta Agriculture researchers, including one at
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the development of more oils to meet specific market
                                                                           molecules into methyl esters (biodiesel) and                                the University of Lethbridge, have received $5.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                               demands with special applications.
                                                                           crude glycerin. The properties of methyl esters                             million from AVAC towards a $16 million program
                                                                           closesly mimic the properties of petroluem
                      How can restaurants help to limit environmental      diesel, thus making biodiesel a compatible fuel
                      pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions?       for use in all diesel engines without requiring
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Special Place by offering excellent property values
                      Ask Justin Duban, President of Refuel Bioproducts    any modifications.                                          PROGRESS…        A Special Plan for a Special Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                               and a solid modern infrastructure, resulting in popu-
                                                                                                                                                       In 2004, the Village of Nobleford committed to a
                      Corporation who recently completed a Bachelor        Justin, as part of the Chinook Entrepreneur                success in the   Special Plan to make it a more vibrant, growing         lation growth that will increase property assessment
                      of Science degree in Agriculture Studies at the      Challenge, developed a three year business plan
                      University of Lethbridge and won the Agri-           for Refuel Bioproducts Corporation. He plans               region.          and sustainable modern community. In order to           values and reduce taxation mill rates.
                                                                                                                                                       implement the plan, several things were accom-
                      Value category of the Chinook Entrepreneur           to expand his business to provide Southern
                                                                                                                                                       plished. First, a state-of-the-art, PALL, water
                      Challenge, which SouthGrow proudly sponsors          Albertans with an environmentally friendly, al-
                      annually. Justin recycles used deep fryer oil into
                                                                                                                                                       treatment plant was funded cooperatively by the         Raymond: Thriving Small Urban Community
                                                                           ternative fuel choice. Justin’s entrepreneurial
                                                                                                                                                       Province and the Village in 2005. This resulted in      The Town of Raymond’s housing and development
                      biodiesel. After doing a study on biodiesel blend    spirit and knowledge and experience in alter-
                                                                                                                                                       an abundance of top quality water, making way to        market landscape has been reshaped dramatically with
                      detection as an Engineering Research Assistant       native fuels is sure to benefit the South Central
                                                                                                                                                       the next stage of the plan: completing a 2 km paved     a steady stream of private developers approaching the
                      at the Agtech Centre, Justin started to produce      region of Alberta!
                                                                                                                                                       walking path, as well as, the purchase of modern os-    Town Administration and Subdivision Authority with
                                                                                                                                                       cillating swings and unique playground equipment        subdivision applications and plans. Current projec-
                                                                           a wide range of rodeo skills, the participants will have                    for parks, reinforcing the active and healthy           tions are that within the next 24 months, 140 to 160
PRIDE…            Westwind Rodeo Academy Set to Develop
                                                                           a chance to instruct younger children in the basics of                      lifestyle of residents. Next, the Village planned for   lots will be fully serviced and on the market. This
in the region’s   Cardston High School is preparing to launch a rodeo      rodeo during seminars, earning them credit for their                        expansion and growth of the community by boldly         compares to 12 new homes being constructed in 2005
                                                                                                                                                       purchasing 45 acres of land in order to develop the     and 32 in 2006. In addition to affordably priced lots,
accomplish-       academy that will soon bring dozens of high school       instruction. The program has been carefully thought
                                                                                                                                                       largest residential, commercial and industrial sub-     Raymond’s charm includes clean, safe lifestyle with
                  rodeo competitors for world class training and in-       out including a sponsorship from Wrangler Jeans.
ments.            struction. The pilot program would see 10 boys and       This is sure to result in the fruition of the Academy’s                     divisions in the Village’s history. The marketing       tremendous schools and recreational amenities; close
                  10 girls attend regular classes throughout the day,      vision of providing the opportunity for high school                         and sales of the development proved to be a success     and easy access to city life; a good cross-section of
                  with a trip to the Cardston Agridome for two hours       students to continue progress towards graduation                            with only a dozen residential lots left for sale and    health services; and well-developed infrastructure and
                  of rodeo instruction from professional rodeo riders      from high school while developing their talents in                          about $3 million in development permits already         responsible fiscal operations. Raymond is truly poised
                  and horsemen at the end of the day. Beyond gaining       the sport of rodeo.                                                         issued. Nobleford has truly positioned itself as a      to be a thriving small urban community.

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