Kevin Wipf has been appointed new executive director of the National Farmers Union, succeeding Terry Pugh, who has left to pursue other opportunities in journalism.
Wipf comes to the NFU from the University of Alberta where he taught courses in political science and public policy while he worked on his PhD dissertation on Canadian agriculture policy.
Ross Hinther is NFU’s new director of research, succeeding Darrin Qualman, who left at the end of June to dedicate his time to a book project. Hinther has a farm near Saskatoon, and has grown organic grains and raised cattle in the Aberdeen district.
Diane Neufeld, the NFU’s office receptionist and secretary, is retiring in November after 29 years with the organization. The NFU said it wishes to acknowledge all three individuals for their significant contribution to the organization.