Marty Carpenter, the director of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence at Canada Beef in Calgary is set to retire March 1. He received his Certified Chefs de Cuisine designation in 1991 but for the past 23 years his career has focused totally on marketing Canadian beef with the Alberta Beef Producers, the Beef Information Centre and later Canada Beef. He’s held a few marketing positions at Canada Beef but was named director of the $3.8 million world class food demonstration and training facility in Calgary when it was opened in March 2015.
The national checkoff agency has a new name. To clear up any confusion the legal name Canadian Beef Cattle Research Market Development and Promotion Agency, has been officially shortened to the Canadian Beef Check-Off agency (CBCA).
Dr. Jock Buchanan-Smith has recently retired from his second job as technical administrator of the Beef Cattle Research Council. He joined the council in 2001, the same year he retired from a distinguished research career at the University of Guelph department of animal and poultry science where he authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles and publications on beef cattle nutrition and management. He chaired the National Academy of Science committee that revised the nutritionists’ bible Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle in 2000 and ran his own herd of cattle until 2006. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his commitment to the beef industry, his community and his country.
Willie Van Solkema, the former president of JBS Canada and Canadian business manager of Cargill Foods, recently resigned as chairman of the Canadian Beef Grading Agency. He is a former board member of the industry-run agency and took the chairman’s post in June last year to replace Graeme Hedley who retired for health reasons after serving as chairman for 16 years. Dennis Laycraft, the executive vice-president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, is serving as acting chairman until elections can be held at the agency’s next annual meeting.
Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue is the new agriculture secretary of the United States. He grew up on a row-crop farm, has a veterinary degree and an extensive background in agriculture business. As governor he opened Georgia’s international trade office in China. His most recent venture, Perdue Partners, is involved in exports of American goods and services.