New ‘Food and Farm’ champion, Cattlemen hires new field editor

NewsMakers from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Piper Whelan
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Piper Whelan of Airdrie, Alta., is the new field editor for Canadian Cattlemen. Raised on a purebred Maine-Anjou ranch at Irricana, Whelan studied English and history at the University of Alberta and journalism at the University of King’s Col­­lege. She previously worked in publishing and as a registry assistant for the Canadian Charolais Association, and has written for Top Stock, Western Horse Review and various beef breed publications. She replaces Debbie Furber who retired from the magazine on December 31, 2017, and who plans to continue farming with her husband Gerry in Tisdale, Sask.


Jason Lenz.
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Alberta Barley’s board of directors re-elected Jason Lenz as chair and Dave Bishop as vice-chair last month. Lenz farms 2,500 acres of canola, wheat, barley and fababeans and operates a small cow/calf commercial herd outside Bentley. His re-election marks his second year as chair. He has been an Alberta Barley delegate since 2009 and was the Alberta Barley representative to the Barley Council of Canada for two years. Bishop, hailing from Barons has been a director since 2014 and is on the executive of the Grain Growers of Canada board.


Adrienne Ivey
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Ituna, Sask., rancher Adrienne Ivey, author of the blog, “View From the Ranch Porch,” was named Farm and Food Care Sask­atchewan’s 2017 Food and Farming Champion last month for her commitment to promoting agriculture to producers and consumers. Ivey supports industry initiatives, is vocal about responsible production practices, and seeks out opportunities to educate non-farmers. She supports consumer outreach organizations like Agriculture in the Classroom, Agriculture More than Ever and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and, along with her husband Aaron, was recognized as Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2014. Ivey’s willingness to lend her voice to key issues, correct misinformation and stand up for our food system is what makes her a true food and farming champion.


Victor Oulton.
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Victor Oulton of Martock, Hants County, has been elected president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. The Oulton family which includes Victor and his brother Wayne, their families and their parents operate a four-generation farm. In addition to their Hereford cattle, they raise sheep, deer, elk, free range poultry, wild boar and operate a provincially inspected abattoir and poultry processing plant along with an orchard and woodlot. He has served as the N.S. director on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture board, and is a past president of the Canadian Here­ford Association and Maritime Here­ford Association.


Nicole Johnson-Hoffman
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The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has elected Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, chief sustainability officer and senior vice-president for OSI Group, as its president. She replaces Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association who after serving a two-year term moves to past president. Dr. Leon Mol, director of product safety and social compliance for Ahold Delhaize is vice-president, and Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs for JBS, has been re-elected executive committee member-at-large. Carlos Saviani of World Wildlife Fund, is the secretary treasurer, and executive committee-member at-large, Dr. Ignacio Blanco-Traba of McDonald’s Global completes the 2018 GRSB executive.


Pat and Larry Ward from Willow Pond Farm received the Environmental Farm Plan Stewardship Award from the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture late last year (see photo below). Willow Pond Farm, owned and operated by the Wards, is a scenic beef farm located in Higginsville, Halifax County. The Wards run 33 Hereford cows on 25 acres of pasture, 100 acres of hayfields, 100 acres of woodlot and three wetland areas. One major contribution is the farm’s impact on wildlife habitat. Over 35 years ago, the Wards co-operated with Ducks Unlimited (DU) to create a very large wetland at the back of their property that provides habitat for numerous waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, fish, amphibians, turtles and small mammals. The farm has a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP), which includes soil and manure testing every three years.

From left: Pat Ward, Chris van den Heuvel (NSFA President), and Larry Ward.
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Alberta Veterinary Laboratories (AVL), the owner of Solvet, has agreed to produce Bovimectin pour-on for Vetoquinol Canada to provide parasite control in cattle. Solvet’s Bovimectin was researched and produced under Canadian conditions.


The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program is seeking applications for its 2018-19 class from individuals 18 to 35 with an interest in a career in the cattle industry. The successful applicants are offered mentoring by industry leaders and participation in events and meetings in Canada and abroad. Applications are available online at the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders website until March 31.


Jacques Lefebvre is the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Dairy Farmers of Canada. He was formerly the president and CEO of Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC).

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