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The Town of Milk River unveiled a playground design plan to the public earlier this month with new and upgraded equipment that would make the site more accessible to children with varying needs.

Investigating the brain's neurobiology and its relation to Alzheimer’s disease, will be at the forefront for researchers at the University of Lethbridge thanks to one of two new grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

In light of a recent case that arose outside of Lethbridge earlier this month, the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are investigating a crime on animal cruelty as numbers of cases in rural communities continue to rise.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today a significant suspected narcotics seizure and arrest at the Carway, Alberta border crossing.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientist Dr. Qiang Liu is developing a new plant protein-based bioplastic that will keep meat, dairy, and other food products fresher longer.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:05

FCC AgriSpirit Fund open for applications

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Farm Credit Canada is now accepting applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund. The fund will award $1.5 million in funding this year.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:00

Blakely named the new AFSC CEO

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After a thorough recruitment process, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Steve Blakely has been selected as AFSC’s Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2018.


Blakely will report to AFSC’s Board of Directors, through the Board Chair, and is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
The CEO supports policy development and leads the Executive Leadership Team in responding to operational issues and challenges while achieving business plan goals and objectives.
“I eagerly anticipate working with the team at AFSC to build upon recent strategies put in place by the Board of Directors aimed at building a strong, growing, diversified agriculture and agri-food sector in Alberta," said Steve Blakely, newly appointed CEO of AFSC.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) is a provincial Crown corporation that provides producers, agribusinesses and other small businesses loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance. AFSC has provided Alberta farmers with hail insurance for 80 years, and has grown into a diverse corporation with several core business areas, including crop insurance, livestock price insurance, farm loans, commercial loans and farm income disaster assistance. AFSC has 44 branch offices across Alberta and is headquartered in Lacombe.
AFSC employs almost 700 people across the province and has been named a Top 70 Alberta Employer and Top 100 Canada Employer for 2018.
“AFSC is committed to investing in Alberta by providing our clients the products they need to manage risk and grow their operations. Steve’s strong financial background will ensure Alberta agricultural producers are receiving the support and services needed to strengthen and grow rural Alberta," said Jennifer Wood, AFSC Board Chair in a March 19 statement.
Blakely brings in excess of 40 years of financial industry experience to the position, including roles as President and CEO of Servus Credit Union and President and CEO of Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta. He is currently Board Chair at Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario, a regulator and deposit insurer for Ontario Credit Unions.

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