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The first efforts to introduce field peas in northeast Alberta was a make-do effort, Kirsty Ross (Piquette) 
said in accepting the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award.

Field pea pioneer wins innovator award

A pioneer who helped build the field pea industry in the St. Paul area is this year’s winner of the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. Kirsty Ross (Piquette) was a provincial district agriculturist in the mid-1980s when she started to look for another option to add to the area’s crops and generate more cash flow […] Read more

Blair Roth (centre) with Alberta Pulse Growers past chair Allison Ammeter and Richard Pepneck, chair of the advisory board for Zone 1, which nominated Roth for the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award.

Blair Roth wins pulse innovator award

Blair Roth is the winner of the third annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. While working at Alberta Agriculture in the 1980s, Roth ran field-scale demonstrations for early soybean, lupin, fababean, chickpea, bean, pea and lentil crops. He helped establish the Alberta Pulse Growers Association and its transition to the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission in […] Read more


Nominees sought for Pulse Industry Innovator Award

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 8

The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission is seeking nominees for its third annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. An industry innovator is a person who has worked to help nurture and shape the pulse industry and contributed to the success of the industry as it is today. Innovators have contributed to the industry in one or […] Read more

Alberta’s first bean grower Lud Prudek (right) was awarded the inaugural Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award by outgoing pulse growers’ president Richard Krikke (left) and Zone 1 chair Will Van Roessel.

Alberta’s first bean grower honoured with inaugural industry innovator award

The man who first introduced dry beans to Alberta has been recognized as an industry innovator by the very organization he helped form 25 years ago. Idaho farmer Lud Prudek received the inaugural Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award at the Alberta Pulse Growers’ recent annual general meeting. “We invited nominations for individuals and organizations that […] Read more