Ag Notes

SaskBarley announces new board

Jason Skotheim will remain as chair for the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) and Brent Johnson will remain vice-chair.

Skotheim farms with his brothers on a 4,500-acre operation north of Prince Albert growing barley, wheat and canola. He is also a founding owner of Horizon Manufacturing Inc., which produces dry pet food.

Johnson is a fourth-generation farmer near Strasbourg whose operation consists of 5,000 acres of grain land and a 180-head commercial cow-calf operation.

New directors for SaskBarley include Glenn Wright of Vanscoy and Matt Enns from Rosthern.

Incumbent Keith Rueve from Muenster was re-elected for another term as director and Allen Kuhlmann of Vanguard will continue his current term as director.

Canola growers appoint vice-president

Dave Carey has been selected the new vice-president of government and industry relations at the Canadian Canola Growers Association in Ottawa.

Carey is the former executive director of the Canadian Seed Trade Association, having worked there since 2017, and previously worked in roles involving government affairs, stakeholder relations and policy at CSTA.

Grain companies join forces

Global Food and Ingredients and ETG Commodities announced a long-term agreement designed to expand the two company’s domestic and international markets.

The agreement provides ETG Commodities access to origination and processing of lentils, peas, canaryseed and chickpeas in southeastern Saskatchewan, which will complement its existing presence in other regions of the province.

GFI will provide procurement, inland logistics, storage, toll processing and value-added services to ETG Commodities.

GFI’s facilities have independent primary processing lines capable of cleaning and colour sorting lentils, peas and other specialty crops.

The facilities are also capable of bagging, bulk loading, transloading and shipping outgoing product by rail or truck.

Ag youth council looks for members

The federal government has launched the application process for a first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

A group of young Canadians will provide advice on agriculture and agri-food issues that matter most to them, which will range from sustainable agriculture, market diversification and innovation, the digital shift, intergenerational transfers and mental health.

The council will identify new and emerging issues, enable on-going dialogue on challenges and opportunities, share information and best practices, and provide advice on the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture.

Women and men aged 18 to 30 working within the agriculture industry are encouraged to apply by visiting

The application deadline is Feb. 14.

Seed group names interim director

Tyler McCann of Bristol, Que., has been named the interim executive director of the Canadian Seed Trade Association on a part-time basis.

McCann is a senior associate with T. Bjornson and Associates, an Ottawa consulting firm that works in agriculture and food.

His background includes government relations, policy, strategy, international trade and association management.


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