The farming here is mixed. A lot of mixed farming. We have cows and and there’s some pigs around but the
majority of it is still grain. We’ve been known for good quality product, the best product in the world I would say, or Western Canada for sure. We have one hour in the summer where it’s dark. So, the rest is all daylight. So there’s lots of sun. I think that’s what contributes to the good quality oats. We have a lot of first and second
generation farmers that are still either buying land or opening up new land. We have approximately 50% of the organic farmers in Alberta in this county here. Organic farming in the last 10 years has changed. The pricing has gone up
significantly on the crops that the people raise. These farmers are bringing in more revenue. The product is in fairly good demand. Innovations in the agricultural industry are going to be focused very much on
technology going forward. It has changed the way we do business not just dealing
with conventional farmers but with the organic people as well. Most people when
they think organic, they think of grandpa’s farm, back in the day. It’s all under
weeds and stuff but now the way we’re doing it is with all this new technology.
Now we can manage the weeds a lot better. I’m one of several generations of
farmers. We farmed conventionally for many years. Just in the last four or five
years we switched over to organic. It was a business decision. Wheat, conventionally, is about six/seven bucks. And we can get seventeen dollars a
bushel. So, I think there’s definitely a big push towards organic and it has lots
of room to expand. We’ve done a million plus bushels over
the last three years and the plant is basically designed to do three to four
hundred thousand so we’re working lots of hours. This last year we went and bought
seven acres so our plans are to build a new facility we’re starting in 2021. It will
be high-tech, we will be doubling our capacity. The community has been looking at doing something with oats instead of just hauling it out to market. Oats are registered at 34 pounds per bushel we raise 45, 46, 47 pound per bushel oats. That’s how much heavier is here. Instead of selling the raw product we can create a food product out of what we grow here. What do we do with the product instead
of just sending out a load of grain. We do some of the processing here. That would be a huge benefit because there is a large population of young people here. A growing community and jobs are needed. and that may tie in very well with that. An elevator company has committed to building a new terminal that will have a huge impact instead of us trucking the grain from
this county to Edmonton or to Rycroft, it can go to High Level. If we can keep jobs in the area. If we can set up some value added processing in
the area whether it be pea or something else. It gives good prospects for him.
It gives and good prospects for the next generation and we can hand something
down that we’re proud of.