Walter Paszkowski, David Price and George Visser are the newest members of the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Paszkowski was instrumental in laying the foundation for the canola industry in Western Canada. Born and raised in Sexsmith, he was a founding director of the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Crushing Plant, president of the Alberta Canola Growers, director of Northern Lite Canola, and chair of the Canola Council of Canada. He was also an MLA from 1989 until 2001 and held several cabinet positions, including minister of agriculture.
Price has been an innovator and visionary in swine genetics, production, processing and marketing for more than 50 years. As founder, past president and director of the Sunterra Group of Companies, he helped build a fully integrated food company with top-quality pork and a true farm-to-fork business model. His contribution to the advancement and expansion of pig breeding and marketing in Alberta and across Canada laid the groundwork for other producers.
Visser has been a leader in the agricultural community and was an early adopter of the practice of specializing in commodities, setting up a 130-sow farrow-to-finish operation and a 5,000-laying hen operation on his farm. Others followed suit and, during the 1980s, the Neerlandia region became one of the most concentrated hog production areas in Alberta. Visser was instrumental in giving producers in Alberta a unified voice during his tenure on the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council.
Videos of all three men and their careers can be found at alberta.ca.
Because of the pandemic, the annual induction ceremony has been cancelled but the 2020 inductees will be formally recognized at an event, likely in 2021.