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Agriculture Minister RJ Sigurdson says events like the Calgary Stampede help close the gap in understanding of agriculture – CentralAlbertaOnline.com

Agriculture Minister RJ Sigurdson says events like the Calgary Stampede help close the gap in understanding of agriculture – CentralAlbertaOnline.com
Agriculture Minister RJ Sigurdson says events like the Calgary Stampede help close the gap in understanding of agriculture – CentralAlbertaOnline.com

The Calgary Stampede has begun, the ever-popular event attracts thousands of people for ten days.

Agriculture Minister RJ Sigurdson says it’s always a fun time and he puts the spotlight on agriculture and our western heritage.

“Calgary Stampede has always been a great partner for agriculture. Of course, that’s where it comes from, that’s where it started. Rodeo is really a part of our culture and heritage here.”

The work and dedication of all the volunteers, local agricultural associations and fairs, and even the Calgary Stampede, play an important role in educating people who have no background or knowledge about the industry.

He believes events like the Calgary Stampede are important in bridging that gap.

“The components that they have incorporated into the Exhibition and Stampede, including art, culture, indigenous, the pow wows. You know, if you go to Agrium, you can see the veterinary services from UCVM.”

He points out that there are many people who have no connection to the farm or agriculture. The Calgary Stampede helps to spark that interest and gives them insight into agriculture and our western heritage.

The Calgary Stampede ends on July 14th.