B.C. cattle producer, wine entrepreneur remembered by industry

British Columbia cattle producer Bill Freding died at his Oliver home Oct. 18 at the age of 73. Active in the cattle business throughout his life, he earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia. Freding started Southern Plus Feedlot in 1988, a 7,000 head yard, which was dispersed earlier this […] Read more


Industry promoter remembered for love of bison

Thomas Ackermann, an energetic promoter of the bison industry, died in a farm accident Nov. 27. He was 46. Ackermann was chief executive officer and marketing manager of Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk, chair of Bison Producers of Alberta and vice-president of the Canadian Bison Association. “He was unbelievably dedicated to the Canadian bison industry,” […] Read more


Ag industry remembers researcher Guy Lafond

Ag contributions His work contributed to direct seeding, precision farming and conservation practices

A memorial celebration will be held May 4 in Indian Head, Sask., for zero-till pioneer and crop researcher Guy Lafond. The long-time Agriculture Canada scientist died April 27 from cancer. He was 59. His wife, Enid Oddleifson, to whom he was married for 32 years, son Eric (Jessica Parker) and daughter Gaetane survive him, along […] Read more



Farmers came first for Eugene Whelan

Contributions of former agriculture minister remembered

When former federal agriculture minister Eugene Whelan was buried in Amherstburg, Ont., Feb. 23, former prime minister Jean Chrétien was there to say goodbye to his old friend “Gino.” Whelan, a one-year veteran of Parliament not known for his strong command of proper English, took rookie MP and unilingual francophone Chrétien under his wing when […] Read more