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Six crop commission directors acclaimed

Some director spots are still open as well as positions for regional reps and delegates

Several directors and reps on Alberta crop commissions have been elected by acclamation. Denis Guindon of Falher (Region 3) and Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9) will both serve a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Wayne Schneider from Nisku was also acclaimed to the board, replacing […] Read more

Prairie wheat commissions, grain firms to fund Cigi

The technical institute for Canadian field crops will get its core funding from now on through the Prairies’ major grain export firms and its three provincial wheat grower commissions. Cigi, the Canadian International Grains Institute, on Tuesday announced the new funding model, plus a new governance model setting up a new 10-member board of directors […] Read more


Ontario redrafts vegetable grower organization governance

Ontario’s Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) is proposing a new governance structure for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, which has been without a board of directors since March. The commission last week released proposed amendments to provincial Regulations 441 and 400, which would set up an eight-member OPVG board with an OFPMC-appointed chair. The amendments […] Read more

Alberta recruits new board for AFSC

Alberta’s provincial government has named a new board of directors to its farm financing and crop insurance agency, to replace the board it fired last year. Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier on Thursday announced the appointment of a new eight-member board for the provincial Agriculture Financial Services Corp., (AFSC), which has been handled by an interim […] Read more


Alberta sacks AFSC board over top brass’ expenses

Alberta’s government has dismissed the board of its farm financing and crop insurance agency following an internal probe into “expense and procurement practices” for senior executives. Three unnamed senior executives at Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) have also been “relieved from active duty,” the province said in a release Monday. The province on Monday named […] Read more

Minogue: Campaigning heats up Sask. commodity board elections

Elections at the commodity association board level in Saskatchewan, often known for a landslide lack of interest, may get goosed this year with candidates investing bigger stakes in their campaigns. Ballots have been mailed out and board elections are now underway for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SaskWheat) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley). […] Read more


Kevin Auch.

Kevin Auch new vice-chair of Alberta Wheat Commission

Irma producer Kent Erickson continues as chairman of the organization

Carmangay producer Kevin Auch is the new vice-chairman of Alberta Wheat Commission. Auch replaces Henry Vos as vice-chair. Vos remains on the board of directors, while Kent Erickson continues as chairman. “The AWC board of directors is made up of passionate people who have strong industry experience,” said Auch. “The AWC board has taken a […] Read more

Dave Bishop (l), and Jeff Nielsen

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 […] Read more