July 14th concluded the 2021 run for the Thanks for Farming Tour, with their final stop in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The unique agricultural event made an appearance in Lethbridge earlier in the month with each location hosting a 2 day event.
The Thanks for Farming Tour was started when the pandemic hit in 2020 and events were forced to cancel. As an Ag equipment dealer, the team at Thunderstruck Ag Equipment knew full well what farm shows meant to the agricultural community. They, along with agriculture event professionals, and like-minded Ag companies, put their heads down and got to work planning an event that was designed to not only bring the Ag community back together, but also say thank you to the resilient producers that kept our country going during tough times.
While both Alberta and Saskatchewan are experiencing drought conditions and reeling from the effects the pandemic has played in their provinces, the show organizers were pleased with the turnout for each show.
The educational sessions covered topics such as cover crops, succession planning and understanding the importance of mental health in farming. The speakers included Avery Shepherd, Reid Wilkie, Chris Beaudry, Denise Filipchuck, and the always hilarious, Quick Dick McDick to bring some laughter back into farming.
The show not only gave back to Canadian producers through exhibits, speakers, and complimentary lunch and beverages, they also donated ticket sales from each show to local charities. Lethbridge ticket proceeds were donated to Farming Smarter and Wood’s Homes. Swift Current’s donations went to Swift Current Ag & Ex and Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc.
“We would like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees that supported this year’s Thanks for Farming Tour.” Says Jeremy Matuszewski, Show Organizer. “Without their support we would not have been able to thank these farming communities for all that they do day in and day out to feed the world.”
About the Thanks for Farming Tour:
Our vision is simple; we want to hold events that allows us to connect with the Ag community, say thank you to the resilient and adaptable growers, producers in Western Canada and give back to the Ag community. Our goal is to offer educational and innovative events, where exhibitors can connect with Ag buyers, attendees can engage with the newest trends across the industry and fun is had by all!