The forage industry is significant in Alberta. According to the most recent census of Agriculture (Statistics Canada) there are 28.8 million acres of forage land in Alberta.
Up until 2002 the Alberta Forage Council represented the interests of the forage industry in Alberta. However, in 2002, the Council merged with applied research associations to become the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). ARECA has evolved to become a broader umbrella organization representing the whole agriculture industry in Alberta. Several consultations were held with all facets of the Alberta forage industry between the years 2007 and 2010 to see if there was an interest/need to have an organization representing the forages in Alberta. This resulted in the formation of the Alberta Forage Industry Network Society or "AFIN" in 2010.
The objectives of AFIN include:
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among producers and other stakeholders in the forage industry
To champion research, education and extension for the management and use of forages
To foster communication between the forage industry, governments and the public
To represent the Alberta forage industry nationally and internationally
To manage, sell, lease, mortgage, dispose of, or otherwise deal with the property of the Society
AFIN is directed and managed by an eight member board of directors along with an advisor from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and an advisor from the Agri-environment Services Branch of AAFC. The board Members are located across the province. For more information and contact information about the AFIN board of directors please referred to the "Contact Us" section of the AFIN Website.