Province Continues Funding for Canadian Western Agribition
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a renewed $200,000 partnership with Canadian Western Agribition that will provide $50,000 in funding for each of the next four shows. Stewart made the announcement at Canadian Western Agribition’s annual Burning of the Brand.
“Canadian Western Agribition is a testament to our agriculture industry and a signature event that the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to invest in,” Stewart said. “It brings together thousands of producers, consumers, agribusinesses and international buyers, building our economy, trade relationships and tourism.”
As the largest livestock show in the country, Canadian Western Agribition attracts producers from across western Canada. In addition to livestock shows and sales, the event hosts international visitors, an indoor trade show, entertainment and educational displays.
“Since 1971, Canadian Western Agribition has worked at promoting and advocating for Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry and our partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture is an important part of that work,” Canadian Western Agribition CEO Chris Lane said. “We’re proud to share those goals with the government and we’re looking forward to four more years of building the industry together.”
Approximately 125,000 people visited Canadian Western Agribition in 2016, including 1,200 international visitors from more than 75 different countries. It also featured a diverse collection of 2,500 animals, including cattle, horses, bison and sheep.
The tradeshow and educational displays provided a learning opportunity for the more than 8,000 students who attended from across the province. The government’s current four year, $200,000 sponsorship agreement with Canadian Western Agribition ends this year.
For more information about Canadian Western Agribition, visit www.agribition.com.