David Bishop and Jeff Nielsen join Alberta Barley board

Chair Matt Sawyer, Greg Stamp, and Glenn Logan 
leave board after completing their terms

Two new directors have joined the Alberta Barley board by acclamation.

David Bishop of Barons will replace outgoing Enchant’s Greg Stamp in Region 1 while Jeff Nielsen of Olds will replace outgoing chairman and Region 2 director Matt Sawyer from Acme. Both Stamp and Sawyer will complete their second three-year term in December.

Current director-at-large Glenn Logan from Lomond also finishes his term in December. The director-at-large position remains open.

After spending a year as delegate, Bishop said he was enthused to become more involved and represent the interests of Alberta’s barley farmers. Bishop is also a regional director and vice-president of the Association of Alberta Co-op Seed Cleaning Plants.

“There is no more important voice in agriculture than that of farmers,” he said. “I look forward to working with the board and representing the interests of the outstanding farmers we have in Region 1.”

As a current delegate with Alberta Barley, and a regional representative with the Alberta Wheat Commission, Nielsen is no stranger to grassroots organizations.

He said that he would tap into this experience to ensure that barley farmers work together towards a sustainable future.

“We are accountable to our farmers, and I look forward to representing them well,” said Nielsen. “One thing I’ve learned from my involvement with commissions is that co-operation and collaboration are the keys to success.”

The directors’ terms officially commence on Dec. 11 at the annual general meeting.

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