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National conversation on agriculture and food takes centre stage

Farmers and consumers from across the country will be taking part in a national conversation Tuesday, as part of Canada’s Agriculture Day.

There’s no shortage of passion and energy from the people who produce our food 365 days a year.

660 NEWS caught up with a few ranchers at a bull sale to ask them why they enjoy working in agriculture so much.

Jared Sherman is the Cattle Manager at Soderglen Ranches northwest of Airdrie, he says it’s the people he works with in the industry that makes this lifestyle enjoyable.

“When you are around people like this and when you can make a living in a business you love and have a customer following like we have, it makes it kinda fun,” said Sherman.

Laura Vanderstoop, who also ranches north of Calgary, says it’s more than a career for her and her partner.

“I grew up with this and my partner Jamie grew up with it and we’ve known each other for a long time and it gives our kids a healthy lifestyle. It’s something for us that is fulfilling and rewarding,” said Vanderstoop.

Auctioneer Dean Edge took a look around at the crowd in attendance at the sale on Saturday and said it’s all about the people.

“The people are my family and for four generations now I’ve been in the cattle business and livestock industry and I can come to an event like this and see all these other families who have to and we’re on common ground and we think alike,” said Edge. “We’re asset rich and cash poor, but we get by every day we get.”

Rancher Keith Wade says the industry is truly unique.

“It’s a business you don’t get anywhere else you’ve got kids and family, you know it’s everything, you don’t get that in a lot of other businesses so that’s part of it for me,” said Wade.

If you want to join the conversation about agriculture and food simply use the #CDNAgDay on social media.