AG Notes

Scientist turns 100

A pioneer entomologist was honoured for another milestone last month.Thelma Finlayson, a founding member of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Pest Management, celebrated her 100th birthday June 29.

The university marked the occasion with an event honouring the scientist, for whom two species of insects are named.

Finlayson joined the university in 1967 and was the first female faculty member in the department of biological science.

She retired in 1979 and was later was named a special adviser to students. She has counselled more than 8,000 students, working past the age of 95.

Finlayson continues to stay active and recently co-authored a paper with SFU professor emeritus Manfred Mackauer. They first published together in the Canadian Entomologist in 1967.

Among many distinctions, Finlayson was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Big donation made to Lethbridge College

Lethbridge farm equipment dealer Hanlon Ag Centre has donated $100,000 to Lethbridge College for its agriculture and heavy equipment technology programs.

The college said the gift will support its new trades and technologies facility now under construction and will see a heavy equipment bay named for the dealership.

The money will also support a $1,000 annual scholarship for a student graduating from the agricultural and heavy equipment certificate program over the next 25 years.

Keith Shirakawa, one Hanlon’s owners, said in a news release that the business wants to help build capacity in southern Alberta for training in the trades.

The farm equipment business also hires students and apprentices from the college program, provides equipment for students to work on in its agriculture equipment and parts programs, and has a representative on the college’s advisory committee.

Lethbridge College president Paula Burns said the company’s involvement with the college is essential in ensuring its programs offer training in the skills needed by today’s industry.

Hanlon Ag Centre, established by Tim Hanlon and now operated by several owners, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The equipment bay that will bear its name will be located in the Crooks School of Transportation, an area of the new trades building scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Forage council elects executive

Greg Penner of the department of animal and poultry science at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources has been elected to the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Forage Council.

Re-elected were Ryan Sommerfeld, a producer from Medstead, Sask., Dave Kerr, a producer from Lashburn, Sask., Steve Pylot, a producer from Meadow Lake, Sask., Kelly Williamson, a producer from Pambrun, Sask., and Bruce Coulman of the U of S’s department of plant science.

Diane Knight from the U of S has retired from the board.

The SFC also elected a new executive for 2014-15. Kelly Williamson will serve as president, Ryan Sommerfeld as vice-president, Aaron Ivey as past-president and Dave Kerr as finance chair.

Investment targets biosecurity and bees

The federal government is investing more than $340,000 in the Canadian Honey Council to improve food safety and biosecurity standards for beekeeping.

The announcement was made at a recent field day at the Beaverlodge Research Farm in Alberta.

With the money, the CHC will develop communication and training materials to help beekeepers maintain high standards for food safety and bee biosecurity.

Honeybees are crucial for the pollination of crops.


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