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Gallaway, Ronald John - 1994
Gardiner, James Garfield - 1972
Gaudet, Ronald - 2003
Gibbings, Charles William - 1988
Gjesdal, J. Harvey - 1992
Gleave, Alfred Pullen - 2000
Gramiak, Larry Ronald - 2004
Grant, Douglas H. - 1995
Greenshields, John Edward Ross - 1988
Greyeyes, Harold - 1992

PortraitRonald Gaudet

Born in 1926 in the St. Isidore de Bellevue district, Ron Gaudet played a leading and innovative role in establishing a pulse industry in Saskatchewan . He diversified the farm he operated with his father by growing and selling peas to the Montreal market.

In the early years they cleaned peas with a portable cleaner at the railway station at Domremy, bagged them and sewed the tops by hand. The Gaudets branched out into lentils as this crop gained popularity. They gradually expanded as more farmers from near and far made use of their processing and marketing facilities. In 1978 Ron and his sons constructed and opened Belle Pulses, the first processing plant dedicated to pulses in Saskatchewan .

The first pea splitter in Saskatchewan was installed by the Gaudets and in 1980 an elevator at Domremy was purchased to serve the green pea processing facility.

Ron played a leadership role in many aspects of the emerging pulse industry in Saskatchewan . He was convinced of the economic and agronomic benefits of producing pulse crops and did what he could to promote expanded production. He was a founding director of the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Growers' Association when it was created in 1976. He was a close associate of researchers such as Al Slinkard and assisted in assessing pea lines and new technology. He was always willing to share his expertise in pulses with other growers and participated in numerous extension events such as meetings and tours. In 1978 he assisted in the film "Pea Production in Saskatchewan " developed by Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food.

Ron Gaudet's effort to process and market pulses provided a much-needed cash crop for area producers and their experience was helpful in instructing farmers across the province in pulse production. During some periods, notably 1969 to 1973, sales of pulses through Ron's plant was critical to the cash flow of many farms. Pulses now occupy an important place in the rotations of most farmers in the north-central area due in large part to Ron Gaudet's innovation and foresight. He died in 1994.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2003
by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association
and the R.M. of Hoodoo No. 401

 

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