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Newsmakers – for Nov. 14, 2011

Brent McCannell is the new executive director of the Manitoba Forage Council. He has over 33 years of agriculture experience behind him, much of it as a farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) that allocates producer checkoff dollars to research is looking for an extension specialist to oversee its technology transfer and communications with industry stakeholders and researchers. Anyone interested should apply to Canadian Cattlemen s Association research managerAndrea Brocklebankat [email protected] by Nov. 18.

We were saddened to hear of the untimely passing of barley breeder Mario Therrien,58 in late September. He was at his home recovering from surgery following a heart attack. Therrien worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada s Brandon Research Centre, where his credits include a number of barley varieties including the FB105 germplasm, with characteristics meant for swath grazing under Canadian Prairie conditions. At the time of his death he was working on new barley cultivars with reduced levels of fusarium head blight and improved feed and forage quality with better yields.

Audrey Treichelhas quit her job as communications manager with the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) to take a similar job across town with Manitoba Pork. Treichel was instrumental in rebranding the MBP when the group dropped the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association name.

The processing crew from Highway 21 Feeders at Acme, Alta., won the 2011 Pfizer Feedlot Challenge held Sept. 26 at Schooten &Sons Farms near Picture Butte. The challenge was divided into three segments pen checking, chute processing and a written test. Eight teams were put through their paces under the eye of three judges, Nebraska-based feedlot consultant,Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz,and Pfizer veterinarians Larry FrischkeandLes Byers.

It s been musical chairs for the politicians after so many provincial elections.

Evan Berger,who was first elected as the MLA for the southwestern riding of Livingstone-Macleod in 2008, comes to the Alberta ag portfolio with a resume of farming and ranching experience plus nine years as reeve of the Municipal District of Willow Creek. He hails from Nanton and up to now has served as parliamentary assistant for then-sustain- able resource development ministerMel Knight.Berger replacesJack Hayden, who moves to tourism, parks and recreation portfolio

Ted McMeekin,the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, has been appointed as Ontario s new ag minister replacingCarol Mitchell who was defeated in the Oct. 6 election. The appointment marks a return to the cabinet table for McMeekin, who d been dropped fromPremier Dalton McGuinty sexecutive council in January 2010. He is seen as a supporter of the province s new risk management plan for farmers, which Ottawa has rejected.

Dauphin MLAStan Strutherswas reappointed as the Manitoba ag minister, a position he has held since November 2009, and acting finance minister in place of the retiredRosann Wowchuk, another former ag minister in the provincial NDP government.

Canadian Western Agribition has announced the 2011 recipients of the five $1,000 scholarships given each year to past exhibitors at the Regina-based show. They are:Jamie Kinzieof Saskatoon who is studying veterinary technology at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Saskatoon; Logan Martinsonof Midale, Sask., who is taking animal science technology at Alberta s Lakeland College;Megan Rossoof Moose Jaw who is studying agriculture management at Olds College in Alberta;Kelsey Stewartfrom Russell, Man., who is taking a business management degree at Brandon University and Amy Tweedieof Delisle, Sask., who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Alberta s Augustana Campus in Camrose.

The winners of the Manitoba Beef Producers Bursary for 2011 areErin Cathcartof Neepawa,Nicole Rae-Ann Blythof MacGregor,Cody Fedakof McCreary andJustin Krisjanssonfrom Forrest. Four bursaries are awarded annually to MBP members or their children who are pursuing afield of study related to agriculture or acquiring a skilled trade beneficial to the rural economy.

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