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Agri-trade success fuelled by more than 31 thousand qualified attendees

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  • (Red Deer, Alberta – November 13, 2018) Event organizers of this year’s Agri-Trade Equipment Exposition are pleased to announce that the 2018 event was a success. The three-day show, November 7 – 9th, utilized every square inch of available indoor space at Westerner Park. It was the first event to occupy the new Exhibit Hall at Westerner Park resulting in a record number of exhibitors.

    “We’re very pleased with the show’s overall success this year,” says Dave Fiddler, Show Manager. “Agri- Trade’s important relationship with the agriculture industry continues to grow and its relevance to the many sectors within the industry also continues to increase on an annual basis.”

    Fiddler says the show’s success can be attributed to a number of factors. The introduction of many new products from exhibitors, and a balance of business and entertainment, provided something for everyone.

    “Millions of dollars in business transactions take place during the show or following the show,” says Fiddler. “Last year we had an economic impact study performed and the results indicated more than 5 million in economic impact on the equipment sector and tourism annually.”

    Fiddler notes part of the show’s success is also because it’s the first show of the new planting season and producers come to the show to view new products and services, with a goal to make purchases.

    This year the attendance was strong with an attendance of 31,403 qualified attendees for the 2018 show. Agri-Trade is a mainstay for the agricultural sector in western Canada, established in 1984; the three-day event attracts attendees primarily from throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. This year we also hosted over 80 international visitors from the UK, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, and China.

    There are nearly 500 exhibits and close to 325,000 square feet of exhibit space.

    The partnership of Agri-Trade began in 1984 and is a joint venture of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Westerner Park.


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    Saying sorry: CN apologizes to Manitoba rancher for oil spill after derailment

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  • ST-LAZARE, Man. — CN has apologized to a Manitoba rancher after one of its trains derailed and spilled oil on his land.

    A company spokesman says CN vice-president Sean Finn has spoken directly with Jayme Corr about how to fix any damage resulting from Saturday’s spill.

    Corr says Finn apologized for taking so long to reach out to him.

    He says the railway initially gave him little information, despite the spill being on a frozen river oxbow that Corr uses to water his cattle in the summer.  

    CN still can’t say how many cars were leaking or how much oil was spilled.

    Trains resumed running at noon on Sunday.

    Cleanup crews from CN and investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are at the spill site.

    The Canadian Press


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