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AG Notes – August 6, 2020

SaskBarley scholarship applications sought

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) is now taking applications for its 2020-21 scholarships.

Introduced last year, the scholarships are open to any post-secondary students enrolled in part- or full-time studies focused on barley research.

Two scholarships are available: one at a PhD/graduate level for $5,000 and one at an undergraduate level for $2,000.

More information is at

Canola scholarship winners unveiled

Manitoba Canola Growers announced the 2020 high school scholarship winners. Five $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to the following students from across the province:

  • Caitlin Stewart from Swan River, enrolled in Environmental Science at Lakehead University.
  • Cora Fijala from Manitou, enrolled at the Assiniboine Community College in the Practical Nursing program.
  • Matthew Pauls of La Riviere, enrolled in the Science — Pre-Professional Veterinary Medicine Program at Brandon University.
  • Mia Shirtliff from Starbuck, enrolled at University of Alberta in the Engineering program.
  • Nathan Krahn from Rivers who will be attending the University of Manitoba in the Agricultural and Food Sciences Program.

Ontario 4-H names volunteer winners

4-H Ontario announced six winners of the 2020 4-H Ontario Outstanding New Club Leader Award.

  • Rob Perigo from region 1: Sudbury
  • Harrietta Bretzler of region 2: Stormont
  • Nadia Goodfellow of region 3: Lennox and Addington
  • Emily Summerhayes of region 4: Brant
  • Jeff Bechard of region 5: Grey
  • Alex Richardson of region 6: Chatham-Kent

The award recognizes club leaders who have volunteered with 4-H for less than three years and are doing outstanding things for youth in their clubs.

One nomination is accepted from each association and one winner is selected from each region.

Award recipients will receive a custom print commissioned by 4-H Ontario and sponsored by Gay Lea Foods.

WGRF scholarships planned

The Western Grains Research Foundation is investing $1.5 million over five years toward graduate scholarships at the University of Manitoba, the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan.

The scholarships are available to students pursuing their Masters or PhD in any of WGRF’s priority research areas, which includes 15 different western Canadian field crops.

Over the next five years WGRF plans to invest $300,000 per year in graduate scholarships.

Since 2011, the scholarships have previously been administered on a rotating basis between each university receiving $100,000 every three years.

Swine Improvement chair elected

Brent Robinson was elected to a fourth term as chair during the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement’s annual general meeting, held virtually in July.

Robinson co-owns Vista Villa Farms near Walton, Ont., a breeding stock supplier. He is also a director on the board at Ontario Swine Improvement.

During the video conference, the Swine Breeders’ Merit Award was presented to Jacques Poulin and Céline Bolduc, and the B.W. Kennedy Memorial Award to Chris Crump.



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