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Cameron, Elizabeth Gow - 1973
Campbell, Edward McAlpine -1993
Campbell, Constantine Alberga - 1999
Carlson, Armenia - 1982
Catley, William Norman - 1974
Christensen, David Albert - 2011
Clark, Herbert Ross -1992
Colley, Ann -1993
Cooper, George Mitchell - 1983
Cooper, George ADJ - 2017
Cooper, William - 2000
Copeland, William James - 2008
Copeland, Alma Jean - 2007
Craig, Burton MacKay - 2001
Cram, William Hugh - 1997
Crawford, Lloyd Brooks - 1988
Crawford, Roy Douglas - 1998

Portrait

George Cooper
1924 - 2016

George Cooper was a lifelong proud farmer who dedicated a great deal of his time to improving agriculture locally, provincially and internationally.

Born on the farm his father homesteaded in the West Bend region of Saskatchewan, George obtained his elementary education at Gilbert School and then his Grade 9 to 12 by correspondence courses. He attended the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Agriculture, graduating from the two-year program in 1944.

George returned to the family farm buying his first half section of land in 1945. For over 30 years, George was involved in raising purebred Shorthorn cattle. Breeding stock from the Silverleigh Farms Polled Shorthorn herd ended up in nearly every province of Canada as well as in the United States, Europe and South Africa.

He was one of ten farmers who established Prairie Feeders, a 2,800 head feedlot at Regina and Producers Abattoir, a nearby meat processing facility.

George served on the boards of the Canadian Shorthorn Association, Saskatchewan Livestock Association and Canadian Western Agribition and he was President of the Regina Bull Sale. In addition, he served on many local farm related organizations.

George was a member of the Senate Board for the University of Saskatchewan and was one of the Sodbusters that kick started fundraising for the new College of Agriculture building.

Along with his wife Iva, George lived in the Sudan from 1987 to 1989. He was the farm manager on a 10,000 acre joint project between the Canadian International Development Agency and the Government of Sudan. He spent the two years teaching better farming techniques.  

As a way of trying to make things better on his own farm, George was always one of the first to try new cropping practices and new crops such as canola and peas. The farm hosted many groups and delegations from the local area as well as around the world that came to view the demonstration plots and trials.

George Cooper passed away in August 2016.
 

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