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Copeland, William James - 2008
Copeland, Alma Jean - 2007
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Crawford, Lloyd Brooks - 1988
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Portrait

William James Copeland

Bill Copeland was a pioneer in the production of pulse crops, particularly lentils, and he has been a leader in adopting new farming practices. Born in 1937 in Rosetown, Bill attended Rosetown Composite High School and went on to earn his BSA degree in agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1960.

After graduation, Bill and his new bride Alma Kingwell returned to take up farming near Hughton. In order to make a go of it during the early years Bill and Alma worked in Saskatoon for the winter months.

Early in his farming career, he eliminated the practice of summerfallow and adopted minimum tillage and direct seeding. His leadership was noted by friends and neighbours and Bill provided advice and support for others to make the transition.

Bill worked closely with Dr. Al Slinkard of the University’s Crop Development Centre and John Buchan of Saskatchewan Agriculture in helping to commercialize lentil production in Saskatchewan. West Central Saskatchewan ultimately became a major producing region for lentils.

Bill began seed production at the outset of his farming career and quickly added a seed cleaning plant in 1969. All-State Grain approached Bill to process lentils in preparation for export and a partnership was struck. Copeland Seeds has been a major player in the processing of pulse crops and other specialty crops for many years. Over his farming career, Bill has been an enthusiastic supporter of research. From the mid-60s until the 90s, he provided land, free of charge, to the University for testing new crops. When the University insisted he accept payment, he reluctantly agreed and then established the Copeland Prize in Crop Science to encourage students to adopt this area of study. The malting barley CDC Copeland was named after him in recognition of his many contributions to research.

Bill served as councilor in the Rural Municipality of Monet for a number of years. He was a member of the local hospital board when a new hospital was built in Elrose. He was also a member of the recreation board when the town was rebuilding their rink, which had been destroyed by fire. Bill was a farmer representative on the Senior Grain Transportation Committee for many years, in addition to being a member of many farm associations.

Sponsored for Induction in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2008 by the Plant Science Department, University of Saskatchewan, Western Barley Growers, RM of Monet No. 257, and Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association.

 

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