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Alta. pulse association has new chair

Robert Semeniuk of Smoky Lake, Alta., was elected chair of the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission following the group’s recent online annual general meeting.

Semeniuk grows yellow peas and other crops at his family farm.

He served as APG’s vice-chair for the last two years and as Zone 5 chair prior to joining the provincial board.

The executive committee includes new vice-chair Chris Allam of Ardrossan in Zone 3 and Don Shepert in zone 5.

Kevin Auch of Carmangay in Zone 2 and Shane Strydhorst of Neerlandia in Zone 3 join APG as directors on the 12-member board.

They will join continuing directors Greg Stamp of Enchant, Rodney Volk of Burdett and Will Muller of Bow Island in Zone 1, Allison Ammeter of Sylvan Lake in Zone 2, as well as Jerome Isaac of Crooked Creek, Caroline Sekulic of Rycroft and Peter Konstapel of Spirit River in Zone 4.

CGC re-appoints commissioner

Lonny McKague has been reappointed as commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission for a three-year term.

With more than four decades of experience in the industry, McKague was first appointed commissioner in 2017, representing the federal government in international trade missions with key customers of Canadian grain.

Before joining the commission, McKague served as a director and a founding member of Ogema Elevator Ltd., a provider of grain elevator products and services in Ogema, Sask.

He is also a former president of the Canadian Limousin Association and the local Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.

Canola growers eligible for tax credit

Alberta canola growers who do not request a check-off refund the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit allows farmers to capture that portion of the checkoff used to fund research.

The tax credit rate for canola producers in Alberta for 2020 is 21.30 percent.

Ag in the Classroom offers scholarship

G3, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, plans to award $4,000 scholarships to six students in Canada beginning their post-secondary education, in any discipline.

To apply, students must explain their vision for the future of agriculture in Canada in a two-to-four-minute video essay.

Students must also identify how their studies will help achieve their vision for the future of agriculture.

In addition to the scholarship, the winners’ school will also receive $1,000.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and the public via online voting.

Applications for the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship are due by April 1. For full details visit

BCAC fundraiser deemed a success

Proceeds from the British Columbia Agriculture Council silent auction hit the highest level it has ever raised, wrapping up at $13,255.

For the fourth consecutive year, proceeds from the auction will be donated to B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.

This year’s event was held virtually, with more than 400 households taking part.

Award winners included Bev Whitta, Scotiabank Champion of Agriculture; Gary Funk, BCAITC Outstanding Teacher Award winner; and Carmen Wakeling, BCAC Excellence in Agriculture Leadership Award.


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