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Farley, William Manly - 1998
Farquharson, James - 1977
Fast, Harold - 2015
Faye, Zennith Keith - 2013
Flaten, Glenn Eric - 1998
Fowler, David Brian - 2018
Fowler, Henry Llewellyn - 1980
Fox, Jonathan - 1981
Freitag, Rudolph - 1995
Friggstad, Olaf - 1997

PortraitDavid Brian Fowler

David “Brian” Fowler was born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He has dedicated his career to plant cold tolerance research and developing conservation cropping systems and winter wheat varieties adapted to the Canadian prairies.

As a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Brian has spent decades researching and advancing issues of grain quality, and drought, mineral and cold stresses on plants. He was
one of the first scientists hired when the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre was formed in 1971 and has spent his career investigating ways to improve winter cereal production. His work resulted in 18 winter wheat
varieties adapted for the Canadian Prairies and Great Plains region. In 1994, Brian was made a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy. In 2001, he also became a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy for his significant contribution to the development of winter cereal production and conservation farming systems on the Canadian Prairies and northern Great Plains.
In addition to his research advancing winter wheat, Brian also helped form Winter Cereals Canada Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes winter cereals to farmers across Western Canada. His close interaction with the agricultural industry was recognized with awards from the Saskatchewan
Soil Conservation Association, the Alberta and Saskatchewan winter wheat commissions and Winter Cereals Manitoba.

Through his work with winter cereals and no-till practices, Brian greatly contributed to conservation farming practices. This, combined with the varieties his program developed, has provided nesting sites for waterfowl and other birds while providing competitive market returns to the farmer. In 2011,
he was presented the Ducks Unlimited North American Recognition Award for his passion for preserving the natural landscape across Canada.

In addition to this research, Brian’s work at the University of Saskatchewan has involved mentoring and supervising the research of graduate students, many of whom have gone on to become experts in agrology themselves.

Sponsored for induction to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2018 by:
Ducks Unlimited - - Canadian Seed Growers’ Asso

 

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