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Lafond, Guy - 2014
Laird, Henry Elmer - 2008
Lavallee, Mary Ann - 1988
Lawrence, Thomas - 1995
Lewthwaite, James Gilfred - 2001
Loveridge, Gordon - 1982
Lucas, Louise - 1973

PortraitGuy Lafond

Over a 30-year career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Indian Head Research Farm, Guy Lafond had a major impact on cropping practices and soil conservation in Saskatchewan and internationally.

Born at Morris, Manitoba, Guy obtained bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. He worked at the U of S Crop Development Centre in 1984. In 1985 he moved his family to Indian Head and started working for the Agriculture Canada research farm.

Guy was a zero tillage pioneer and contributed greatly to the widespread adoption of direct seeding which has changed the face of agriculture in Western Canada. He was one of the most distinguished conservation agriculture researchers in Canada and readily shared practical knowledge with farmers in Western Canada as well as researchers and producers in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Australia and Europe.

Transferring research information to farmers was one of Guy's greatest passions. While he had a strong research publication record, it has important to him that research results be quickly and effectively communicated and utilized.

In the early 90s, Guy was instrumental in the establishment of IHARF, the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundations which continues to conduct applied research for farms. Guy also worked on nutrient placement and utilization, precision agriculture and GreenSeeker technology.

Over his career, Guy received many awards including: Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Associate Award of Outstanding contribution to the development of zero till and direct seeding; The Weed Science Society of America Award of Excellence; Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association Award of Merit; and Canadian Society of Agronomy Distinguished Agrologist. He was a diamond jubilee recipient and in March 2014 he was honoured posthumously for his lifetime achievement and leadership in no-till development and agronomy research with an induction into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Game in Ottawa.

Guy Lafond passed away in April 2013, leaving a lasting agronomic legacy.

SpSponsored for induction to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2014 by:
Western Ag Innovations
Bayer CropScience Inc.
Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation

 

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