Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 07, 2008 13:24 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Future of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions

CRAPAUD, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - The Government of Canada is proud to continue supporting farmers by announcing funding today that will help to improve Canada's agricultural fairs and exhibitions. The $500,000 investment, announced by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, will support a Canada-wide study of agricultural fairs and exhibitions.

"The Government of Canada is proud of the skill, hard work and talent of our world-class farmers, and for generations Canadian families have seen this talent showcased at annual fairs and exhibitions," said Minister Ritz. "By investing in this study today, we are ensuring that for generations to come, these agricultural fairs and exhibitions can continue keeping Canadians well informed about the importance of the agricultural industry."

Fairs and exhibitions showcase the work of our world-class farmers and farm communities, including high quality local foods, crafts, and livestock exhibits. The federal contribution will enable the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (C.A.F.E.) to conduct a Canada-wide survey of 16,800 fair and exhibition attendees.

"Our fair and exhibition organizers believe that agriculture is our culture and that they represent the heartbeat of Canada," said Rudy Friesen, President of C.A.F.E. "Results from this study will help our agricultural societies and exhibition associations make the case for continued support from sponsors and communities so that they continue to thrive."

The results of the study will help refine educational opportunities that exist at fairs and exhibitions, foster new partnerships, and generate new sponsorships.

This project is funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary