Dave Bishop is the new chair of Alberta Barley and will soon be joined by another new chair of the commission’s sister organization, Alberta Wheat.
Bishop, who farms near Barons and has been a director since 2015, was elected chair at Alberta Barley’s recent AGM, replacing Jason Lenz, who has been chair for the past two years and served as a director for his final year on the board.
“As a farmer I see the direct farm gate value and results that Alberta Barley delivers,” Bishop said in a news release. “There is so much opportunity brewing in the barley sector and as a board we’re leveraging that to ensure barley remains a top choice for farmers and end-users alike.”
The organization’s new vice-chair is Bryan Sewell, who farms near High River and has been a director since 2016. As well, Wade McAllister of Innisfail joins the board as director-at-large.
There will also be a new chair of Alberta Wheat as current chair Kevin Bender will complete his term on the board at the end of January. The election for that position will take place at the farm group’s AGM on Jan. 30 at FarmTech. Janine Paly, who farms near Thorhild, will take over the director-at-large spot from Bender.
Under Lenz and Bender, the two groups moved to having a shared management team led by Tom Steve a year ago.
Alberta Barley also welcomed several new delegates along with a number of delegates who were re-elected:
Region 1: Sean Stanford (new delegate), Greg Stamp (re-elected)
Region 2: Kenton Ziegler, Doug McBain, Doug Miller, Doug Robertson, John McBain, Jamie Christie (John McBain is a new delegate, all others are re-elected)
Region 4: John Wozniak, Gordon Tuck, Bernie Klammer, Scott Keller (Keller is a new delegate, all others are re-elected)
Region 5: Dean Wiegand (new delegate)
Region 6: Aaron Young (new delegate), Gerald Finster (re-elected)