PROJECTS… Winter 2007 to keep the Creating region Opportunities... progressive PH: (403) 381-5414 FX: (403) 381-5741 firstname.lastname@example.org Mapping the Agricultural Economy Energy Efﬁciency Tune-up for Farms www.southgrow.com 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 www.ruralalbertasfund.com. 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 Debbie.email@example.com 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 Vulcan County 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 531 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 southgrow.com) by following the links to the Southern strengths of the region and building on the past initia- 23 Carmengay 25 36 Vauxhall 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 r ve the committees and their projects.” The business plan Ri Nobleford in the area. The publication will be distributed to Change Central. an Picture Butte dm Village of Nobleford Ol 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 iv er Blood Stirling Community College is made possible through the W te r to Tribe Magrath Raymond 4 cultural economy. ship. The Guide compliments and builds upon existing Reserve 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 County Coutts 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 PH: (403) 381-5414 • FX: (403) 381-5741 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.southgrow.com 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 Talent 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.