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  • Successful Ag Expo brings agriculture community together

    Agribusiness professionals, top equipment manufacturers attended southern Alberta’s largest agricultural event in Lethbridge, Alta. Lethbridge, Alta. – A new home, a showcase of the latest innovations, and a chance to meet with others in the agricultural community led to a successful Ag Expo, presented by Farm Credit Canada, from Feb. 27 to 29 in Lethbridge, Alta. In its new home in the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre, the revamped show saw attendance ramp up by more than six per cent, while 1,500 exhibitors representing more than 300 companies showed off the latest in agriculture. The annual event displayed the latest equipment, showcased the most innovative technology and offered opportunities to help farmers be more efficient, and ultimately more profitable, in their efforts to produce safe food products for consumers around the world. “Ag Expo brings visitors from across the prairies to Alberta, and the economic impact that this event has on the province’s economy is truly beneficial to all Albertans,” says Dave Fiddler, Ag Expo Executive Producer. “The sold-out exhibit space was packed with more than 300 booths. It is a significant contributor to not only the agricultural sector but to the city of Lethbridge, with thousands of out of town visitors descending on the city for the three days of Ag Expo.” The move of Ag Expo into the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre created new opportunities for Ag Expo. While Lethbridge & District Exhibition has been hosting an annual agriculture show for more than a century, this year’s event brought the entire show under one roof for the first time, with large farm equipment, technological implements, seed producers and more all sharing space side-by-side, creating the opportunity for increased collaboration and opportunity. “This year we had attendees from throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba, as well as Montana,” says Kim Gallucci, Acting CEO, Lethbridge and District Exhibition. “Feedback from both exhibitors and attendees indicated that the show was indeed a resounding success, largely due to the amenities of the new Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre. In addition to the show, agriculture companies were also able to book space to meet with clients and partners, which further opportunities and really showcased the versatility of the venue.” A highlight of the show was the North American Seed Fair, which featured more than 140 entries in 25 classes, and the Tech Zone, which displayed the latest in agriculture technology. Ag Expo 2025 will be riding a wave of momentum as it returns to the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre from Feb. 26 to 28, 2025.

  • Ag Expo highlights the latest technological breakthroughs in agriculture

    Annual event returns to Lethbridge next week Lethbridge, Alta. – One of the world’s oldest industries is being revolutionized by the very latest in technology, as new products point the way forward in sustainable agriculture. The latest in agriculture technology will be on display in the new Tech Zone at Ag Expo presented by FCC, taking place from Feb. 27 to 29 at the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre in Lethbridge. “We are seeing technology advancing at an incredible rate and it’s becoming more accessible for farmers and producers to use to support their businesses,” says Peri Price, Ag Expo Show Manager. “The Tech Zone brings these industry leaders together in one place and not only allows them to showcase their products and innovations, but allows farmers and producers to ask questions to better understand how they can use emerging technologies to improve their operations.” The overarching focus for emerging agriculture technologies is on sustainable farming practices – whether its drones that analyze crop health more regularly and with greater accuracy, or the production of green energies that help producers become even more self sufficient, or transitioning to using and producing biofuels to reduce carbon emissions, new opportunities are presenting themselves quicker than ever before. Lethbridge and Taber’s Sky Drones Inc., who will be an exhibitor at Ag Expo, was founded on a mission to improve and simplify agricultural processes for farmers in our community. Drone technology allows producers to identify exactly where the needs are to help their crops flourish. They can also identify exactly where weeds are taking root, allowing producers to spray only where needed, saving time, money, and resources. At Ag Expo, Sky Drones will be featuring their revolutionary DJI Agras T40 drone, which is transforming the landscape of modern farming through increased flight times, a precision-oriented spray system, and real-time adjustments to fertilizer application that factor in wind conditions, that make this a leading technology on the market. The DJI Agras T40 is not just a drone; it's a revolution in agriculture. Its exceptional flight time, precision spray system, and resource optimization capabilities are changing the way farmers approach their craft. With the Agras T40, increased efficiency, higher yields, and cost savings are not just buzzwords; they are tangible outcomes. Also exhibiting at Ag Expo is Canary Biofuels, who are based out of Calgary. In 2021, Canary became the first Generation 2 biodiesel producer in Alberta when its Lethbridge County facility began operations. Biofuel production is the science of making waste work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With facilities located strategically close to feedstock producers, Canary is growing opportunities for biofuel production and the agriculture industry on the path to decarbonization. With nearly 30 exhibitors filling the Tech Zone in the Salons of the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre, it is truly a look into the future of agriculture. Learn more about the Tech Zone and purchase your tickets to Ag Expo by visiting ag-expo.ca.

  • Next steps for Lethbridge & District Exhibition

    Lethbridge, Alta. – Lethbridge & District Exhibition (LDE) has received approval from the Government of Alberta to move forward with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) approved by Lethbridge City Council on January 23, 2024. The MOU has allowed for a change in governance structure to occur. The past LDE board has resigned from their positions and a new Board of Directors has been appointed. This includes senior administrators from both the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County. The new board will be co-chaired by Lloyd Brierley (City of Lethbridge) and Cole Beck (Lethbridge County) with Carly Kleisinger (City of Lethbridge) and Jennifer Place (Lethbridge County) being named vice-chairs. For a full list of the LDE board members, visit www.agrifoodhub.ca/organization. “I want to acknowledge the past board as well as those who have stepped up to help lead LDE through this next chapter of the organization’s history,” says co-chair Lloyd Brierley. “Now that these changes have been implemented, our focus for the next year will be on finding the best ways to reduce the gap between the operating budget required and revenues coming in so we can create a more sustainable future for Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre.” In addition to the change in leadership, the City of Lethbridge will also become the sole voting shareholder of LDE. The shareholder redemption process has now been initiated and is expected to be complete by the end of the month. Anyone who is a current LDE shareholder will receive notification of this change and will be refunded the cost of their shares. The Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre has a busy schedule of events happening over the next several months including one of its signature events, Ag Expo running February 27-29. “One of our primary goals with this transition is to ensure the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre maintains its business continuity,” says co-chair Cole Beck. “We want the community, the region, and the province to know that we are open for business, and the excitement of a sold-out Ag Expo, in just a couple of weeks, is a great way to demonstrate that.” The January 23 Council decision to approve the MOU, outlined the City’s financial and operational support to LDE. This included the secondment of interim staff to provide operational leadership. To create greater stability, the LDE board appointed Kim Gallucci as Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LDE. “Kim has agreed to take a leave of absence from his role as General Manager of the ENMAX Centre to support operations of the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre for the next year,” says Brierley. “He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience in event management that will serve LDE well. Kim is also a very fiscally responsible leader and is already working with the staff to make important changes that will help the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre be more successful.” The operations team at the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre will be extremely busy over the next several months. The team is planning their internally-produced events, including Ag Expo; the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market, which returns June 8; and Whoop-Up Days with the Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo. Other notable public events at the venue include the Wildlife Festival from March 8-10; the Southern Alberta Home, Garden and Leisure Show from March 14-16; and the Southern Alberta Outdoor Show from April 5-7. For more information on what is happening at the Agri-Food Hub & Trade Centre visit https://www.agrifoodhub.ca/agri-food/whats-on

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  • Trade Halls | Lethbridge & District Exhibition

    TRADE HALLS Ideal for conferences, conventions, trade shows, concerts, and televised awards shows. BOOK NOW Cultivating World-Class Events in Southern Alberta Bring your conference, convention, trade show, or concert to Lethbridge and enjoy the scenic views and nearby attractions. Choose between four trade halls measuring 26,000 sq. ft. each, or combine several to meet your capacity needs. The venue was built with the agriculture industry in mind, so we made sure entrances can fit the largest farming equipment currently in existence. Having said that, the spaces are purposely versatile; for example, we invite the Canadian film industry to take advantage of our industry-standard rigging setup for filming. One Trade Hall 26,000 sq. ft. 1,686 theatre capacity 1,686 reception capacity Two Trade Halls 52,000 sq. ft. 3,372 theatre capacity 3,372 reception capacity Three Trade Halls 78,000 sq. ft. 5,058 theatre capacity 5,058 reception capacity Four Trade Halls 104,000 sq. ft. 6,744 theatre capacity 6,744 reception capacity Want to see all your options? SEE ALL SPACES MAKE AN INQUIRY DA Steel Buildings Hall (A) 26,000 sq. ft. KB Heating & Air Conditioning Hall (B) 26,000 sq. ft. Hall C 26,000 sq. ft. UFA Hall (D) 26,000 sq. ft. Gallery TRADE HALLS Ideal for conferences, conventions, trade shows and concerts. BOOK TODAY The largest spaces available, our Trade Halls can be booked separately or combined with adjoining halls to maximize space. With four Trade Halls to work with, we can create suitable configurations for large, distinguished events. HALL 26,000 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 30 ft. HALL 26,000 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 30 ft. HALL C 26,000 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 30 ft. HALL 26,000 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 30 ft. Capacity Per Hall 1,686 Theatre Style 1,686 Reception Style 960 Banquet Style 137 10X10 Booth Capacity Combine multiple halls for up to 4X capacity Your Booking Includes Dedicated Event Coordinator Access to the house sound system Tables, Chairs, Linen Free Onsite Parking Access to In-house Catering BOOK TODAY

  • Convention Centre | Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre

    CONVENTION CENTRE Ideal for banquets, meetings, conferences, and breakout sessions. BOOK NOW Stunning, Spacious Salon Rooms APPROXIMATELY 4,500 SQ. FT. EACH OR 13,000 SQ. FT. COMBINED Our salon rooms can be booked separately or combined with adjoining salon rooms to accommodate additional space. They’re perfect for hosting annual events for corporations and organizations. One Salon Room 4,400 sq. ft. (approx) Two Salon Rooms 8,800 sq. ft. (approx) Three Salon Rooms 13,200 sq. ft. (approx) Compare Salon Room Specifications Want to see all your options? SEE ALL SPACES Gallery Convention Centre Ideal for banquets, conferences, speaker series, and breakout sessions. BOOK TODAY Featuring state of the art Audio-Visual, the main floor Convention Salons are perfectly suited to conferences, speaker series, or large banquets. Salon A 4,500 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 17 ft. Salon B 4,500 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 17 ft. Salon C 4,500 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 17 ft. Capacity Per Salon 275 Theatre Style 350 Reception Style 168 Banquet Style 19 10X10 Booth Capacity Combine multiple salons for up to 3X capacity Your Booking Includes Dedicated Event Coordinator State of the Art Audio Visual Equipment Tables, Chairs, Linen Free Onsite Parking Access to In-house Catering BOOK TODAY

  • Original 16 Lounge & Patio | Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre

    Original 16 Lounge & Patio Ideal for receptions and social events. BOOK NOW Want to see all your options? SEE ALL SPACES An Intimate, Second-Level Lounge With Attached Patio Give your guests their own pre-function area and unique views. The Original 16 Lounge is located on the second level beside the Original 16 Patio, which must be reserved together. The Original 16 Patio can be booked on its own or even added on to other spaces that are available. Windows in the Original 16 Lounge overlook Henderson Lake to give plenty of natural light and unforgettable sunsets. Or take advantage of sunny Lethbridge in the wind-protected, second-level Original 16 Patio. MAKE AN INQUIRY Original 16 Lounge 1,050 sq. ft. 45 reception capacity Original 16 Patio 1,900 sq. ft. 50 reception capacity Gallery ORIGINAL 16 LOUNGE & PATIO An intimate, second-level Lounge with attached Patio. BOOK TODAY Give your guests their own pre-function area and unique views. The Original 16 Lounge is located on the second level beside the Original 16 Patio, which must be reserved together. The Original 16 Lounge & Patio can be booked on its own or even added on to other spaces that are available. LOUNGE 1,050 sq. ft. Ceiling Height 9 ft. PATIO 1,900 sq. ft. Original 16 Lounge Capacity Original 16 Patio Capacity 45 50 Your Booking Includes Dedicated Event Coordinator State of the Art Audio Visual Equipment Tables, Chairs, Linen Free Onsite Parking Access to In-house Catering BOOK TODAY

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