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Farley, William Manly - 1998
Farquharson, James - 1977
Fast, Harold - 2015
Faye, Zennith Keith - 2013
Flaten, Glenn Eric - 1998
Fowler, Henry Llewellyn - 1980
Fox, Jonathan - 1981
Freitag, Rudolph - 1995
Friggstad, Olaf - 1997

PortraitWilliam Manly Farleys

William Farley, farmer, seed grower and innovator, was born January 26, 1932 at Grande Coulee. He obtained his schooling at Grand Coulee and then in 1950 earned a vocational agriculture diploma at the University of Saskatchewan School of Agriculture.

He took drafting at Balfour Collegiate in Regina and worked for five years for that cityís engineering department before taking up full-time farming in 1958.

William began pedigreed seed production in 1961, growing small fields of Selkirk wheat and Redwood flax. He became a select grower in 1969. In 1979 he was elected a director of the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association and served a term as president in 1986-87. His fellow seed growers elected him to their national board, a position he filled from 1989 to 1995. The Canadian Seed Growers Association Robertson Associate was awarded to William in 1987 in recognition of his contributions to the seed industry and Canadian agriculture.

In 1974 William helped organize Flax Growers Western Canada. This organization promoted varietal research, new uses and improved marketing and handling systems for flax. He served 20 years on the Flax Growers board and five as president. He helped set up the Flax Council of Canada, an organization bringing together the interests of producers, exporters and domestic users. He helped set up the Flax Development Commission that oversees the flax marketing check-off used for flax research. For these contributions William received an honorary life membership in Flax Growers Western Canada.

William was instrumental in developing the Grain Show at Canadian Western Agribition, and later served as its chairman. He was a founding member of Value Added Seeds Inc., a company promoting independent seed processing on the Prairies. He also served as chairman of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Board and oversaw the introduction of insurance programs for producers of forage, specialty crops and organically grown crops.

William was a long time member and chairman of the Grande Coulee Wheat Pool committee. He served more than 10 years as 4-H Grain Club leader.

He has received an honorary life membership in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association.

"Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1998 by the
Crop Insurance Corporation of Saskatchewan, Flax Council of Canada,
Value Added and the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association"

 

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