Canadian Western Agribition wraps

By Alice McFarlane/CJVR
December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm

Strong attendance, new programs and international trade deals contributed to the success of Canadian Western Agribition (CWA).

Over 126,000 people visited the show this year.

CWA CEO Chris Lane said while it was a tough year for some producers it was good to see the large crowds.   

"We're grateful that so many people continue to spend their time at Agribition," Lane said. "We added new programming this year that is resonating with people and bringing new visitors to the show that haven't been before. That's a big win for Agribition but also for the industry." 

More than 9,400 students and teachers took part in the education program and 24,000 people attended Agribition Pro Rodeo and Full Contact Jousting.  There was a sell-out crowd of 1,100 for the Party on the Dirt cabaret. 

CWA President Bruce Holmquist said Agribition delivered on its mission to be the premier marketplace for Canadian agricultural products.

"Not only did we see well over a 1,000 international guests and buyers, but many of them made purchases from places like Argentina, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Australia, which are all target markets for our trade program and exhibitors," Holmquist said.

New programming focused on cannabis opportunities for Indigenous communities, mental health skill development, an entrepreneurship workshop and a panel discussion on trade with former Premiers Brad Wall and Frank McKenna. 

CWA also announced a partnership with the provincial and federal governments for the creation of a new mentorship program for young people in Saskatchewan agriculture.

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