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Outstanding Young Farmers

Chilliwack poultry and egg producers Brian and Jewel Pauls have been named the 2016 British Columbia and Yukon Outstanding Young Farmers.

Brian’s parents, Frank and Elma Pauls, earned the same award in 1990.

This is the first time in the program’s 36-year history that a second generation winner has been recognized.

The Pauls’ farm produces 17,000 broilers and 55,000 caged white and free-range brown laying birds. Brian also manages several of the family’s egg, broiler and turkey farms in B.C. and Saskatchewan.

The holdings also includes Canada’s first certified humane turkey farm.

Nominated farmers must be 19 to 39 years old and derive at least two thirds of their income from farming.

They are judged on conservation practices, production history, financial and management practices, and community contributions.

The couple will represent B.C. at the national Outstanding Young Farmer competition in Niagara Falls, Ont., in November.

Bison chair filled

Sharif Fahmy has been elected chair and president of the Canadian Bison Association.

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He operates Tatanka Plains in B.C., where he raises and markets bison in the Fraser Valley.

Sharif has a diploma in wildlife and Forestry from the United States, holds a BSc in business management from the U.S., and an MBA from Switzerland and is involved in consulting in supply chain management.

Researchers Recognized By Agricultural Institute

Jeff Schoenau and Phil Thacker, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, were recently honoured by the Agricultural Institute of Canada with an International Recognition Award.

The award recognizes individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to Canadian agriculture.

Schoenau has promoted sustainable agronomy and nutrient management since 1992 with his plant root simulator technology, which can track the intake of nutrients from the soil.

Thacker has had a major role in the development of the Ministry of Agriculture Feed Industry Centre in Beijing over the past 20 years.

Alberta Researcher Receives Award

Jim Helm has been awarded the American Society of Agronomy Distinguished Service Award.

The award is given for distinguished contributions to the agronomy profession.

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The former Alberta Agriculture researcher spent four decades as head of research at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe, Alta.

He oversaw the release of 42 cereal cultivars bred specifically for conditions in Alberta and Western Canada, including 32 barley varieties, nine triticale varieties and one winter wheat variety.

Ag opportunities overseas

An Alberta Agriculture trade mission recently visited Morocco to assess opportunities for grains and pulses.

Bread and flour is a dietary staple in the North African country, where food policies focus on providing subsidized flour for lower income Moroccans.

Wheat accounts for most of the 200 kilograms of cereals that Moroccans individually consume annually.

Between 80 and 96 percent of total durum imported by Morocco is from Canada.

High tariffs have been a barrier for Canadian pulse exporters. Canada and Morocco have been negotiating a free trade agreement since January 2011.

The mission also met with contacts to learn the potential for other products, such as animal genetics, honey and canola oil.

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The mission also went to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.