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2019 CONFERENCE - CANCELLED
It is with sincere regret that the AGA Board of Directors must announce that at an emergency meeting held Nov. 1 the Board of the AGA had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2019 AGA Conference on Nov. 8th - 10th, 2019 at Northlands Park, Edmonton.
As in all agricultural sectors, the goat industry has been negatively affected by changes in agriculture and by the challenging weather across Alberta this past year. Many of our producers are suffering financially and are also still in the fields attempting to finish harvesting before winter sets in. This has reduced registration for this year’s event to levels we, as a non-profit organization, cannot afford to proceed with.
We do wish to thank the many supporters that stepped forward, particularly Northlands Farm Fair International along with those that were able to register for the conference. Please note that you will be contacted by the Conference committee regarding reimbursement as soon as possible.
As well the AGM will be rescheduled, possibly to be held by teleconference, details will be announced in 'GoatDroppings as soon as possible.
Discussion has already begun of potentially re-organizing the conference as smaller regional events in the new year. Producer education is the most important goal of the AGA and we are all stronger when we have the tools to succeed. Keep watch on future issues of 'GoatKeeper' for information.
A heartfelt thank you to the devoted Conference committee, especially to Chair Melodi MacKinnon for her incredible work towards the organizing of the conference. It was a difficult decision that had to be made, we deeply appreciate your incredible strength and dedication to the Alberta goat industry.
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About the AGA
The Alberta Goat Association (AGA) was registered as a non-profit society on February 14, 1970 by a small group of goat breeders who wished to have an official club to serve their interests.
In 2012 the Board of Directors with the support of the membership undertook an ambitious plan to further the goals and ambitions of the Alberta Goat industry, recognizing that the industry had grown beyond the original mandate to include producers of all types of goats: dairy, meat and fibre. The mandate of the AGA changed to acknowledge the ever increasing workload of the volunteer board to have the industry recognized as a whole to government, the Alberta agricultural industry and the public at large.
As of May 2018 there are 50 members from across Alberta. A board of ten directors implements the objectives of the association and members take part in an annual general meeting. AGA activities include seminars, shows, displays, demonstrations, and information services with a primary focus on the AGA Convention and Production Sale held in the Fall.
AGA news and other goat related articles and information are available in the AGA's official monthly communication e-newsletter "Goat Droppings" and in the bimonthly magazine "GoatKeeper", as well as on this site.
The AGA works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Food and the Diversified Livestock Fund of Alberta to further the goat industry. As well, the AGA is a voting member of the Canadian National Goat Federation and a supporting member of the Alberta Farm Animal Care and the International Goat Association.Contact us here.