Ag Notes

G3 announces new elevators

G3 plans to build new grain elevators in Vermilion, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

The Vermilion terminal will have a capacity of 34,000 tonnes and is located on Canadian National Railway, while the facility in Swift Current will have a capacity of 42,000 tonnes and is located on Canadian Pacific Railway.

Construction will begin early this year, pending final regulatory approvals, with completion expected in 2021.

Both elevators will have a loop track that can quickly load a 150-car unit train and the ability to unload a Super-B truck in less than five minutes.

Ag Hall of Fame inducts new members

Six new members have been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

  • JoAnne Buth has worked in research and development at DowElanco, was vice-president and then president of the Canola Council of Canada and sat in the Canadian Senate for two years. She has been chief executive officer of the Canadian International Grains Institute since 2014.
  • Marc Comtois runs Ferme Comestar, a Quebec-based dairy farm that has influenced the face of dairy genetics around the globe for the last four decades. His accomplishments as a Holstein breeder began with the famous Comestar Laurie Sheik, the cow that launched the farm’s line and continues to deliver champion genetics seven generations later.
  • Cynthia Grant, who recently retired from a career with Agriculture Canada, is known for her work on soil fertility and crop nutrition. Her research provided the scientific foundation for the made-in-Canada 4R nutrient stewardship framework to use crop nutrients from the right source and at the right rate, time and place.
  • The late Louis Latimer pioneered the use of data-based selection methods and saw the value of telling the story of his farm with the Remittal Cattle Co. brand. His breeding and marketing efforts led to the Canadian Genome Project selecting one of his sires to be the most influential sire genetically in the Canadian Hereford Association.
  • Laurent Pellerin has been president of the Pork Producers Federation of Quebec, president of Union des producteurs agricoles, founder of the Council for Agricultural Development of Quebec, vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and president of the Farm Product Council of Canada. He also led the creation of the Centre for Swine Production Development in Quebec
  • Robert (Bob) Prestage began his work in beef genetics by developing a progeny test program for beef cattle 60 years ago, which is still used across the country. He worked with Canadian Beef Sire and Western Breeders and was instrumental in creating a worldwide beef export network with the Alberta Angus Association. His Wicklow Angus farm exports semen and embryos of all species of livestock.

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