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The 2019 board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. In back (from left) are Ian Chitwood, Roger Chevraux, vice-chair 
Kevin Serfas, Wayne Schneider, Cale Staden, and Dan Doll. In the front row are Denis Guindon, Andre Harpe, chair John Guelly, 
John Mayko, and Mike Ammeter.

Guelly and Serfas head Alberta Canola board

Reading Time: < 1 minute John Guelly from Westlock is the new chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission board and Turin producer Kevin Serfas is the new vice-chair. Joining the board are new directors Wayne Schneider of Nisku and Roger Chevraux of Killam. Schneider replaces outgoing chair Renn Breitkreuz in Region 6 while Chevraux succeeds Dale Uglem in Region […] Read more

“We all want our employees to be going home at night safe and in the same condition that they came to work in,” says Kevin Serfas.

Moving past the Bill 6 rhetoric

AgCoalition meetings focus on creating sensible workplace safety rules

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Alberta government’s town halls on Bill 6 last winter were explosive, but recent industry-led meetings didn’t produce similar fireworks. “I thought the meeting went very well. There were lots of ideas thrown around between farmers and the facilitators,” said Turin-area farmer Kevin Serfas, who attended AgCoalition’s producer meeting in Lethbridge on June 22. “The […] Read more

Harvest season at Serfas Farms begins with a barbecue and day at the beach for all employees, part of Kevin Serfas’s ongoing efforts to make the farm “a great place to work.”

Good workplaces attract good workers

FarmTech: Farms can’t afford oilfield wages — but they can offer lots of ‘intangible’ benefits that really matter to people

Reading Time: 3 minutes Kevin Serfas had to change his way of thinking when he decided to expand his farm near Lethbridge. “One thing we’ve learned along the way is that we can’t run the farm by ourselves anymore,” said Serfas, who runs a 56,000-acre grain operation and 6,000-head feedlot with his father and brother. “We had to realize […] Read more

The NDP government is promising “common sense” and practical workplace safety regulations and enforcement that recognize that farming is an occupation like no other.

How farm safety legislation played out in Manitoba

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Alberta government has suggested its farm workplace rules are going to be very similar to other provinces So what does that look like? Perhaps the best example is Manitoba, where in 2009 the NDP government extended workplace, health and safety rules to farms and made workers’ compensation compulsory. Doug Chorney was president of Keystone […] Read more

Three Alberta canola directors acclaimed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Three canola producers have been acclaimed to the board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. They are: Renn Breitkreuz from Onoway (Region 6), Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9), and Denis Guindon from Falher (Region 3). These producers will begin their three-year term as directors at the commission’s annual general meeting in January. Also taking […] Read more