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Menzies says he won’t lobby former government colleagues

New CropLife head says he will focus on dealing with other countries, farm groups and the food industry

Former cabinet minister Ted Menzies brushes off accusations that he intends to use his political connections as president and CEO of CropLife Canada to influence former colleagues. Menzies recently resigned as MP for the southern Alberta riding of McLeod to succeed Lorne Hepworth, a former Saskatchewan agriculture minister, who retires next year. CropLife represents Canada’s

Menzies to head CropLife Canada

Ted Menzies, longtime Alberta farmer and former member of Parliament, has been named the new president and CEO of CropLife Canada. Menzies will join the organization January 1, 2014 and will work from its head office in Ottawa. “Ted earned the respect of colleagues from across the political spectrum during his time in federal politics.


Time for a change

If you were trying to find someone to promote your cause to the general public, it’s not likely that you’d choose someone with the nickname “Dr. Evil” and had a reputation as a high-priced lobbyist fighting in favour of smoking, junk food consumption and drinking and driving. But that’s who the Manitoba Pork Council hired

KAP’s GM steps down to pursue other interests

Afamiliar face in Manitoba’s farming community has decided it’s time to move on after 13 years as general manager for Keystone Agricultural Producers. Yvonne Rideout resigned as chief administrator of the province’s largest general farm policy organization Jan. 25. “I’m taking a break now and looking at my options,” Rideout said in an interview March

PIN looks to the future

With water the theme at last week’s annual general meeting, the Prairie Improvement Network — formerly Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council — is considering helping form a water secretariat for Manitoba. “I’m just planting a seed out there… let’s have a conversation about it and see where it goes,” said PIN executve director Ted Eastley at


New WCWGA president

Staff / The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has elected Levi Wood of Pense, Sask. as its new president. Wood, who farms with his father on a fifth-generation farm, replaces Kevin Bender, who stepped down after four years at the association’s convention in January. Wood graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in

Mosaic to mine phosphate in Saudi Arabia

reuters / U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic plans to invest up to $1 billion in a joint venture to produce phosphate in Saudi Arabia, giving the Minnesota-based company a road into India and other growing Asian markets. Mosaic will own one-quarter of the $7-billion project, with the remainder held by two Saudi companies. Phosphate production has

Canola growers executive for 2013

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association elected Starbuck farmer Ed Rempel to serve as president for 2013 at its Feb. 27 annual meeting. Rempel will be joined on the executive by Brian Chorney of East Selkirk as vice-president, Hugh Drake from Elkhorn as treasurer and Wilf Harder from Lowe Farm as secretary.



New leaders at NCLE

Martin Scanlon of the University of Manitoba’s department of food science, has been appointed chair of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) for a three-year term. Scanlon replaces Don Flaten, who has held the position over the past four years. Christine Rawluk, a beef-forage systems researcher, has been appointed research development co-ordinator