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2018 Inductees

Five agriculture leaders to be inducted to Saskatchewan Ag Hall of Fame

Release date: Jan. 4, 2018

Saskatoon-Today, the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame (SAHF) announced the names of five outstanding individuals who will be inducted into the Hall in 2018.

"The talented men and women who will become the newest members of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame are leaders in our industry and their significant contributions to agriculture are felt not only provincially but also nationally," SAHF Board Chairman Reed Andrew said. "I am honoured to welcome these individuals to the Hall."

The inductees are:

Dr. Henry Classen has made significant contributions to teaching, research and extension in poultry welfare, nutrition and management, to the benefit of the poultry industry in Canada, as well as internationally. He was named a University of Saskatchewan 'Distinguished Professor' and appointed an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in 2013 and was named to the International Poultry Hall of Fame in 2016, among other honours.

Douglas Howe, a producer from Moose Jaw, Sask., has taken a lifelong active role in marketing and promoting cattle. Douglas is a successful breeder of Charolais and Red Angus cattle who helped make both breeds a prominent part of Canadian Western Agribition (CWA). He served on the CWA board from 1996-2001, where he led the beef and commercial cattle committees. He is also active in the horse industry and is a past president of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation.

Joan Heath, an agricultural leader and producer at Radisson, Sask., has served in many capacities, including with Cereals Canada as a current board member, a past director with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and past · chair of SaskCanola, where she represented Saskatchewan growers in various policy discussions and served as an outstanding advocate for the benefits of canola oil.

Dr. Brian Fowler, a globally regarded expert who pioneered winter wheat development in Western Canada and is a leader in no-till agronomy. His program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre has been responsible for significant advancements in winter wheat breeding and agronomy, work that has created vital nesting habitat for waterfowl and upland game birds.

Vernon James Racz has contributed to animal nutrition and feed development throughout his career, including as a director at the Saskatchewan Feed Testing Laboratory and founder of the Prairie Feed Resource Centre. He constantly identified new opportunities in feed development for the agriculture sector in his work in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, and has provided technical expertise to support companies looking to develop new feed products based on Saskatchewan crops.

The mission of the SAHF is to formally recognize individuals making significant and distinguished contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture. The 2018 nomination ceremony will take place at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon on April 21. For information on how to purchase tickets, click here



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