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Forage and Grassland Association presents award for leadership

NewsMakers from the December 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bill Thomas.
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Bill Thomas, the recently retired director of the field services at Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. in Nova Scotia, is the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association Leadership Award. During his 30 years of extension service he implemented educational forage production programs at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now part of Dalhousie University, and his work as a lecturer at Dalhousie continues in the forage and soil management and livestock production courses. At the same time, he developed policies on nutrient management, beef development and agricultural awareness. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrology, Agrology Institute of Canada and the Canadian Society of Agronomy, and has served on several forage and crop and research committees. In 2011, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, the society’s most distinguished award. The CFGA award is sponsored by New Holland Canada.


Dr. Betty Althouse.
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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall presented the province’s chief veterinary officer Dr. Betty Althouse with the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service in a ceremony last month. Althouse was named chief veterinary officer and manager of the provincial animal health unit in 2012 following a 12-year career with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Other civil servants nominate the recipients for this award, but an independent committee makes the final selections.


James Laws has been appointed to the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada for a three-year term. He served as the executive director of the Canadian Meat Council from 2004 to 2016 and was the executive director of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council prior to that. After leaving the meat council he worked as a volunteer advisor for Winrock International in Senegal, West Africa, and the Canadian Executive Services Organization in Tanzania, East Africa.


Annemarie Pedersen.
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Annemarie Pedersen is the new executive director of Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC). Pedersen has worked in agricultural communications for over a decade, and has been running her own communications consulting business for the past three years. Before that she was the industry relations director with Canada Beef.


Four students were awarded the prestigious Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships in the dirt at the 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton on November 11. The $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing an education in broadcasting or agriculture. The winners are:

  • Kashley Seitz of High River, Alta., studying animal sciences technology at the faculty of agricultural sciences, South Plains College, Texas.
  • Kelsey Jetter of Etzikom, Alta., studying plant and soil services at the faculty of agricultural sciences, Lethbridge College.
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  • Makenna Moore of Foothills, Alta., studying public relations at the faculty of communications studies, Mount Royal University.
  • Patten Frankhanel of New Norway, Alta., studying animal sciences technology at the faculty of agricultural sciences, Lakeland College.

The scholarship was established in 2003 by the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation and Northlands to honour the memory of Bill Kehler who was known as the voice of Canadian Finals Rodeo.


4-H Canada and CN have announced the 2017 4-H Canada Leadership Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.) recipients. The four winners demonstrate the personal development, community impact and leadership embodied in 4-H Canada’s four leadership development pillars. The recipients are: Sara Kate Smith (B.C.) L.E.A.D recipient for the community engagement and communications pillar, Evan Krebs (Ont.) L.E.A.D recipient for the science and technology pillar,
Sadie-Jane Hickson (Ont.) L.E.A.D. recipient for the environment and healthy living pillar, and Thian Carmen (N.S.) for the sustainable agriculture and food security pillar.


B.C. producers have until February 15, 2018 to get rebates of up to $3,500 on the purchase and installation of livestock tag readers. The federal/provincial program covers 70 per cent of the cost of hand-held or panel readers, the installation of related software and training up the maximum. Applications are available online at www2.gov.bc.ca. Search for the Livestock Tag Reader Rebate Program.


Lyle Stewart.
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Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart kicked off Canadian West­ern Agribition last month by announcing the renewal of the show’s provincial grant of $50,000 per year for the next four years. The money supports the work done by the CWA in promoting Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry.


Alberta Beef Producers had 25 new or renewed delegates at their annual meeting in Calgary earlier this month following elections during 25 meetings in nine zones across the province that wrapped up last month. The 25 who were elected, acclaimed or appointed are: Brad Osadczuk, Jenner; Kevin Stopanski, Jenner; Kody Traxel, Seven Persons; Sheila Hillmer, Del Bonita; Tyler Sawley, Nanton; Kayla Weston, Fort MacLeod; Tim Smith, Coronation; Nicole Viste, Hanna; Jesse Williams, Hanna; Charlie Christie, Trochu; Cathy Sharp, Lacombe; Stuart Somerville, Endiang; Cam McLerie, Red Deer; Ralph Buhler, Armena; Kolton Kasur, Bashaw; Tim Sekura, Rocky Rapids; Colin Campbell; Bon Accord; Ken Stanley, Westlock; Blair Anderson, Minburn; Gordon Graves, Iron River; Melanie Wowk, Beauvallon; Lorrie Beck, Teepee Creek; Linda Messner, Berwyn; Mike Nadeau, Beaverlodge and John MacArthur, Fairview.

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