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Stony Plain’s Amanda Hardman recent recipient of 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award


Amanda Hardman, from Stony Plain, is the 2019 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient.

Highest 4-H honours for Stony Plain youth

Amanda Hardman, 17, from the Stony Riders 4-H Club is the 2019 4 H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient.

Amanda, 17, is a member of the Stony Riders 4-H Club, and was chosen from among the province’s top 4-H members to receive this prestigious award during the annual 4-H Selections program at Olds College.

“4-H has been such an amazing and influential program for me. My 4-H family is absolutely irreplaceable and the experiences I’ve had have been so important to my own development.”

Amanda Hardman, 2019 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient

Since 1964, the 4-H Premier’s Award has recognized the accomplishments of youth in rural Alberta. 4-H members and leaders continue to be instrumental in keeping rural communities strong, developing skills in leadership and giving back to their communities through volunteer work and developing their skills and expertise in agriculture and other project areas.

“4-H provides thousands of Alberta youth with personal development opportunities and invaluable life skills each year. Congratulations to the 2019 Premier’s Award recipient and the 4-H senior delegates and ambassadors. I know you will represent Alberta well.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

The Premier’s Award recipient represents 4-H Alberta at various regional 4-H and agricultural events throughout the year and will also have the opportunity to meet with the Premier and minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

About Amanda Hardman – 2019 4-H Premier’s Award Recipient

  • Six-year member of the Stony Riders 4-H Club
  • 4-H Club president
  • 4-H Canada Youth Service Leader
  • Bronze medal winner as a 4-H Canada Fair finalist at the Canada-wide science fair
  • Recipient of the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Idea Expo for her business, Experience the Acres.

In addition, 14 senior 4-H delegates were named as 4-H Alberta Ambassadors to promote 4-H and youth involvement in Alberta. 4-H Alberta has also selected 34 members to represent 4-H Alberta at major educational events and conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

4-H Alberta marked its 100th anniversary in 2017 and its updated mission is to inspire, educate and develop members who are outstanding rural and urban youth, leaders and engaged citizens. 4-H members develop leadership skills and learn the value of volunteerism by participating in dynamic projects, programs and community service. In honouring our province’s rural roots, 4-H continues to recognize the importance of food and agriculture in Alberta. Visit for more information.


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Ag Business

Farmers Rock for AG at Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon



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Ag Rocks For Charity is a cool initiative.

Nick Saik puts his massive skills to good work in this video showcasing some harmonica riffls along with a fine pitch for donating to his charity of choice Agriculture In The Classroom. Nick is our partner in Todayville Agriculture and we are cheering him on in his quest to raise $5 grand. Or as he puts it, “…Teaching Kids by Beating My Dad…”.

It’s part of the AG Rocks For Charity initiative, a fun component of the Farm Forum Event, a 3 day conference in Saskatoon, SK (Dec. 3rd to 5th). The video tells you all about how passionate Nick is about laying a fiscal beating on his pa.

AG ROCKS FOR CHARITY is a highlight of the weekend.  Here’s how it works.  Some very talented volunteers compete to raise the most money and profile for their charity of choice. Click here for the entire talent line up, other important links, and more information.

We’re excited about all of the performances, but in particular, we’re pushing our own hometown hero Nick Saik.



Nick Saik, President of Know Ideas Media, filmmaker, media entrepreneur, musician, dad

As noted, Nick’s charity of choice is  Agriculture In The Classroom. In Nick’s words, “…helping kids get excited about food production is critical for the long term public trust of agriculture, and nobody is better at giving kids good information than Ag In The Classroom…”

We’ve heard Nick perform before, and recently caught him strumming his guitar and brushing up on some Garth and The Band.  From what we’re hearing, his interpretations of Friends in Low Places and The Weight are certainly worthy of the price of admission right there.

Nick’s also a talented filmmaker. If you want to see some of his handiwork, check out this story featuring a brilliant short video he produced called “Nut Milking Exposed”, now viewed well north of 50 million times.

The Farm Forum Event is a three-day conference that brings together progressive farmers, agricultural professionals and academics to learn about where game-changing innovation and the latest AG research connects with practical on-farm operations.

Here’s a short promotional video for Ag Rocks for Charity (also produced by Nick – like I said, he’s a talented guy.  Help him out please!

Please consider donating – Agriculture in the Classroom is a great initiative.  Or maybe you need a vacation.  Check out this cool travel story on Todayville Red Deer.

“India? Are you nuts?” Join Gerry for Part 1 of his series on India.




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Red Deer County invites public to Cattlemen’s Day event



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Red Deer County invites public to Cattlemen’s Day event

November 21 workshop covers important topics such as animal nutrition and herd sustainability.

(RED DEER COUNTY) Red Deer County Agricultural Services is pleased to co-host an upcoming workshop on the future of the cattle industry. The workshop is co-hosted with Clearwater County and takes place on Nov. 21 from 9:30am – 4:00pm at the Evergreen Community Hall near Condor Alberta.

The workshop will focus on animal nutrition, crop management, the truth about beef sustainability and the future of the cattle industry.

According to Red Deer County Agricultural Services Manager Cody McIntosh, “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the cattle industry, not just producers. We have a wide variety of speakers on hand who are experts in their respective fields.”

There is no charge to attend this workshop and a lunch will be provided. Anyone interested in attending can register for the workshop at CATTLEMENSDAY.EVENTBRITE.COM. For more information on this and other County Ag workshops please call 403.342.8654.

To stay up to date with Red Deer County, visit or go to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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