Ag notes

Corn growers hire agronomist

Morgan Cott joins the Manitoba Corn Growers Association as its new field agronomist. She will address agronomy related issues for producers and the industry and become the lead contact for research related projects.

Cott was raised in La Salle, Man., and attended the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture degree program in agronomy.

Past experience includes the U of M’s weed science program, two chemical companies’ breeding and research programs, Cargill Specialty Canola Oil’s breeding program and four years as an agronomist with Pembina Consumer’s Co-op.

This work experience has provided her with knowledge of crops, fertility practices, pests and pesticides found in Manitoba.

Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council elects chair

Terry Fehr is the new chair of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council’s board of directors. He lives in Gladstone with his wife and two children and formerly managed 1,000 colonies of honey bees.

Five new members join the board this year: Gordon Earl, Alan Preston, Lloyd Grenkow, and Hank Venema for three year terms and Anastasie Hacault as youth director for a one-year term.

Also re-elected were directors Betty Green and Jim Green and Gwendolyn Donohoe, former youth director.

Shelley Curé, Mark Sloan, Brian Cotton, Colin Hudon and Evan Gillis have left the board.

As well, the council decided at its annual meeting to donate $250 to the Agricultural Hall of Fame Scholarship.

Horse welfare distinction awards presented

Seven Saskatchewan people recently received Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare from the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Horse Federation:

  • Equine welfare steward of the future : Brooklyn Braun and Paige Hodson, both 13, earned individual medals at the 2011 Canadian Equestrian Championship. Braun received a gold medal and had the highest individual reining score, while Hodson won bronze in dressage.
  • Equine welfare leadership : Wayne and Elaine Cozart are ambassadors for the horse industry, which includes show ring experience with draft, light and miniature horses.
  • Equine welfare innovation : Shirley Brodsky shares her knowledge for the betterment of horses and their owners. For 20 years she provided her Brodsky farm as a learning centre. She ran the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s equine out-patient clinic and sits on the SHF board, helping with several committees.
  • Equine welfare communication: Kathryn Ross and Dr. Wendy Wilkins from Saskatchewan’s agriculture ministry produced an updated equine infectious anemia fact sheet and brochure, as well as the Biosecurity Guide for Horse Owners. Ross has been a leader for biosecurity initiatives and Wilkins focuses on disease surveillance and animal health issues.

Pulse growers executive director

Michael Reimer has started a 14-month term as acting executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association.

Roxanne Lewko will work closely with Reimer until she begins her maternity leave in April.

Reimer has a master’s of science degree from the University of Manitoba and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Asper School of Business at the U of M. His master’s thesis focused on assessing the quality of Manitoba-grown soybeans.

Past experience includes four years at the Canadian International Grains Institute, working closely with the Grain Farmers of Ontario as the Ontario wheat technical specialist.

He has also worked with the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals and the Canadian Grain Commission’s Pulse Research Laboratory.

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