Agrologists recognized

Recognition for activities that support agriculture come in far too few forms because it tends to be a modest industry.

A thanks and firm handshake go a long way.

Last week, the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists recognized several folks and their efforts.

One of the first people I interviewed regularly when I came to The Western Producer, about 25 years ago, was a passionate PAg and extension agrologist with the University of Saskatchewan.

Grant Wood’s career is the embodiment of extension and agricultural information delivery. As a member of the U of S agriculture faculty since 1984, he has ensured that prairie farmers and the public have had the opportunity to better understand the tools and challenges in food and agriculture.

He and one other Saskatoon PAg received SIA’s Distinguished Agrologist Award.

Tom Wolf is well known to producers and the industry for his research and information delivery work in application technology. He has written in these pages, co-produces website and spends months on the road every year improving agricultural practice here and around the world.

George Lewko from Prince Albert has helped shape the modern practice of agrology, developing and providing ethics and professionalism courses for the SIA and has expanded the new, evolving area of forensic agrology.

He received the SIA Recognition Award.

Bennie Dunhin of Cavalier Agro leads farmers in northwestern Saskatchewan through the maze that is profitable precision agriculture and runs trials for the Grow Community of Independents and United Suppliers. SIA named him Outstanding Young Agrologist.

This year’s Agrology Excellence Award went to Western Ag for its commercialization of the Plant Root Simulator Probes (PRS Probes), its CropCaster software, its role in precision agriculture and for its work in expanding the profession of agronomy consulting.

And after those well-deserved choices, they picked some journalist from The Western Producer to receive the SIA’s Honourary Life Member award for his service to agriculture.

And he thanks the SIA.

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