Ag Award & Bursary

Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award 

Farming and Ranching consist of hard work and sacrifice, combined with a healthy dose of energy and unrelenting faith, spirit and vision, complemented by a new land of limitless natural resources, are what brought our forefathers to Alberta.  They settled the land to build the family farm or ranch - the place many of you continue to call home today.

Courage and determination were what our parents and grandparents had.  And they had plenty of it.  Marked by the same spirit of unshakeable resolve, it's not surprising that second and third generations continue to build this rich heritage of agriculture.

It's a heritage to be proud of.  Reflected by personal sacrifices, perseverance and a commitment to a family way of life, it's a legacy that you too may pass on to your children.

An Element of Recognition

Keeping the farm or ranch from generation to generation and actively operating is an impressive achievement for any Alberta family.  The Government of Alberta wishes to recognize these special families who built the foundation of prairie farming and ranching.

The Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award salutes those families who have continually owned and actively operated the same land for a minimum of 100 years.

It's important that those families be recognized.  If you know of a century farm or ranch family in your area, pass this information along and have them fill in the application form!

Am I eligible?

There are many century farms and ranches in Alberta.  Criteria has been set to identify these families, and includes the following:

  • at the time of application your land has been continuously owned and actively farmed or ranched by your family* for a minimum of 100 years**
  • you can provide evidence clearly demonstrating the kinship ties between you and the founder of the farm, ranch or homestead
  • you can provide the legal land location
  • you can provide the date of homestead or farmland establishment***
  • you can provide the current ownership land title
  • the current size of the original homestead or land base should be at least 160 acres of land

Please note:
*If you need clarification of the definition of "family," please call 310-0000 and then 780-422-0492
**The 100 years starts from the time the land was occupied for farming or ranching.  In many cases, this was before the homestead title was issued.  Eligible land that has been rented to persons outside of the family during the 100 years or at the time of application is ineligible for an award
***You can search the homestead document(s) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta yourself, or you can phone the Archives to do the search for you, for a charge.  The address of the Archives is:

Provincial Archives of Alberta
Reference Desk
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
Phone:  780-427-1750
Fax:  780-427-4646

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Vulcan County Agricultural Services Bursary

OBJECTIVE: To encourage Vulcan County high school students to choose a career in agricultural or environmental sciences, and to financially assist them while attending an agricultural or agricultural science related program.


1. Bursaries are available to students continuing their education at a College or University. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or agricultural science related program.

2. Two (2) $1,000.00 bursary will be awarded annually and all students in Vulcan County pursuing agricultural or agricultural science studies are eligible to apply. Applications with all supporting documentations must be received by June 30th.

3. Each student may obtain a bursary only once.

4. Eligible applicants must be residents of Vulcan County when completing their high school diploma.

5. The applicant is required to supply a copy of their marks from the last year of high school attendance, together with a letter of acceptance and course of studies planned at a post secondary institution.

6. The Vulcan County Agricultural Committee shall award these bursaries annually based on scholastic standing, social and community activities, and chosen program of study.

7. High school graduates just entering their post-secondary studies will be given priority over students in subsequent year’s studies.

8. Applicants wishing to pursue their post-secondary studies outside of Alberta are eligible.

* Completed applications, together with the required supporting information, should be forwarded to the Manager of Agricultural Services of Vulcan County by no later than June 30th.

Vulcan County

Vulcan County, conveniently located in beautiful sunny southern Alberta, is a vibrant and progressive rural community with prime farming, ranching, residential, leisure and recreation opportunities. Strategically situated one hour south of Calgary and one hour north of Lethbridge, we offer a rich quality of life in a rural setting.

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General Contact Info

 Box 180, 102 Centre St. Vulcan, AB
 (403) 485-2241
 (403) 485-2920

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