AG Notes

Equipment Association gets new president

Wally Butler from Mazergroup has been elected president of the board of directors at the Western Equipment Dealers Association for the next two years.

Butler, who resides in Winnipeg, has more than 20 years of equipment dealer leadership experience, including years of serving on the inventory finance advisory board for Farm Credit Canada and the agricultural advisory board for Wells Fargo.

He has also played helped guide the strategic plan for Western Equipment Dealers Association, and before that the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association.

Technology investment helps manage Risk

The federal government plans to invest $997,654 for the South Nation Conservation Authority in Winchester, Ont., to develop a hydrologic forecasting model.

The technology will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help management decisions.

The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water model using “HydroGeoSphere”, a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.

This data will enhance the conservation authority’s flood forecasting and warning and low water response programs so farmers can properly prepare.

Simmental Association convention elections

During the 2017 Canadian Simmental Association national convention in New Brunswick, Frank Robblee of Crapaud, P.E.I. was elected to the association’s board of directors.

Lee McMillen of Carievale, Sask., was re-elected for a second term and will serve his second year as CSA president.

Blair McRae of Brandon, was also re-elected and will sit as second vice-president.

Other board members are first vice-president Garth Rancier of Killam, Alta., Dan Skeels of Rimbey, Alta., Francis Gagnon of Cheneville, Que., Roger Deeg of Strathmore, Alta., Marlin LeBlanc of Estevan, Sask., and Larry Barkley of Ingleside, Ont.

A highlight of the event was the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation auction, which raised $83,638 to support the foundation’s programming.

Highlights included a bred heifer donated by the Robblee family of Tryon Simmentals, which raised $15,000 and a Simmental 50th anniversary buckle that sold to a group of supporters for $14,500. 

Application forms for student scholarships administered by the foundation are expected to be available soon at

Fruit wine awards

Field Stone Fruit Wines at Strathmore, Alta., was recently awarded new medals and distinctions at three competitions:

  • The National Wine Awards of Canada awarded a gold medal for Field Stone’s black currant fruit wine. 
  • The North West Wine Summit in Oregon awarded Field Stone a bronze medal for its strawberry dessert wine,silver medals for its bumbleberry fruit wine, raspberry fruit wine and raspberry dessert wine, and gold medals for its black currant fruit wine and saskatoon berry dessert wine.In addition, the company also received three additional recognitions from the summit for its fruit wines including the superlative award, the best value award and the best of category awards.
  • The Alberta Beverage Awards competition in Calgary awarded Field Stone the best in class distinction for its raspberry fruit wine.

Field Stone wines were also awarded the judge’s selection as a top performer in the fruit wine and fortified/dessert wine categories. Since opening in 2005, the winery has won more than 80 awards across all 10 of its fruit and dessert wines.

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