New hall of fame Inductees
The 2013 inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame are Lowell Lindsay, John Oliver, the late John Wise and Donald Ziraldo.
Lindsay of Guelph, Ont., has been a sire analyst, cattle judge and genetics promoter.
Oliver of Oshawa, Ont., has been an advocate of Canadian agriculture during his career as an agribusiness executive.
Wise, originally from St. Thomas, Ont., served two terms as federal agriculture minister from 1979 to 1988. He helped establish agricultural research stations and laboratories across the country.
Ziraldo of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., pioneered the Canadian wine industry. He co-founded Inniskillin Wines in 1975, the first winery to be licenced in Ontario since prohibition, founded the Vintners Quality Alliance program and was instrumental in developing the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University.
Tour of a lifetime ends
The Tour of a Lifetime is over after 126 concerts and 50,717 kilometres through nine provinces and two territories. The tour, in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, started last August and wrapped up in June.
Tour members Ron Klusmeier, Christina Bogucki and Lonnie Moddle, with support from Clay and Lorraine Thompson, sang and shared about ending global hunger with 9,168 people from more than 600 churches.
They raised $60,980 for the Food-grains Bank and collected 7,399 signed Recipe for Ending Global Hunger postcards, which were sent to prime minister Stephen Harper.
The tour also raised $32,508 for host churches to use in local ministries.
U of S professor honoured
The University of Saskatchewan has named Hank Classen one of four new distinguished professors.
Classen, a professor in the agriculture college’s animal and poultry science department, has contributed to poultry welfare, nutrition and management. His work has helped improve animal health and introduce cost-saving measures.
Among his contributions, Classen investigated the processes involved in nutrient absorption and pioneered the addition of microbial enzymes to cereal-based animal feeds.
He is an authority on lighting regimens and demonstrated that lighting influences the feeding behaviour and health of poultry. Classen has also confirmed that poultry transport conditions significantly affect welfare, mortality and meat quality.
He holds eight patents. In 2004, he and his colleagues won the Award of Innovation for developing a patented process to convert canola meal into multiple products such as high-protein concentrates for the aquaculture industry, customized protein fibre products for cattle feed and byproducts for use in markets from food to cosmetics.
The U of S Distinguished Professorship Program was created in 2010 to celebrate exceptional achievement in research, scholarly and artistic work by U of S faculty or emeriti.
OYF nominations open
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers program in the Alberta-Northwest Territories region.
Nominees may be an individual, couple or managing partner-shareholder of a farm group.
To qualify, the nominee must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their gross revenue from farming and not have reached the age of 40 as of Jan. 1 in the year of competition.
The Alberta-N.W.T. regional event for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers program will be held in Banff, Alta. Feb. 13-14.
One farmer or farming couple will be selected to represent the region at the national awards program in Quebec City Nov. 25-30.
To make a nomination, call 403-224-2077 or fax 403-224-3150.
The closing date for nominations is Oct. 25.
The regional website is at www.oyfalberta.com and the national website is at www.oyfcanada.com.
Alberta heritage projects receive boost
The Alberta Historical Resource Foundation has made close to $1.3 million available for heritage projects. Heritage grants will be awarded to 71 projects through the foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program and Municipal Heritage Partnership Program.
Grant recipients for community heritage projects include:
- $24,940 to the Canadian Northern (Meeting Creek) Historical Society to help conserve the Canadian Northern Railway station and roundhouse in Big Valley.
- $71,460 to the Alberta Association of Architects to help conserve the J.J. Duggan Residence in Edmonton.
- $18,000 to the Lac La Biche Mission Historical Society to help restore the church at the mission site and $55,950 to restore the mission convent.
- $55,750 to the Friends of Medalta Society for conservation work at the Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Plant.
- $30,000 to Yellowhead County for the its Heritage Inventory Phase 2 and Heritage Survey Phase 3.
- $5,000 to the Doors Open Calgary Association for Doors Open YYC 2013. The event will provide public access to 50 sites of heritage, architectural, cultural and social significance.
For more information, visit culture.alberta.ca/ahrf.
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Stanley Jones School 100th anniversary reunion, Calgary, Oct. 4-6. Students, alumni, teachers, staff, administrators (past and present) and anyone interested in this iconic sandstone building are invited. For more information, go to sj100.myevent.com/ or call Connie McLaren, 403-512-7152.
R.M. of Hillsborough #132, Sask. 100th anniversary, Aug. 3. For agenda, information and supper tickets call the R.M. office, 306-693-1329. Deadline is July 15. Everyone welcome.
Major, Sask., centennial, Aug. 1-4, 2014. We are planning an unforgettable celebration so mark your calendars and be in attendance. To be added to our invitation list, please email
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Weyburn, Sask. centennial, Aug. 1-5 call 306-842-2013 or email email@example.com, www.weyburn100.ca. Facebook
Saskatchewan Hospital, North Battleford, Sask. celebrates 100 years of service to the mentally ill, July 12-14. To all former employees, if you are interested in registering, please call 306-446-1983 or write
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