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CN and CP announce new senior officers

A couple of familiar figures have moved into high-ranking, top executive positions at CP and CN. Keith Creel has left his role as CN’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer to become CP’s president and chief operating officer. “Keith joins CP after a very successful operating career where he rose from a management trainee in

Letters, Feb. 14, 2013

Standing up for farmers? The Harper government has been using the phrase “Standing up for farmers” when it makes agricultural announcements. But I think “sticking it to farmers” is more realistic. A case in point is the firing of Adrian Measner CEO of the farmer-controlled Canadian Wheat Board in 2006. Although farmers paid for Mr.

John Morriss awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Veteran farm journalist John Morriss has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada’s agricultural industry. Morriss, who began his journalism career in 1975 with Grainews, is associate publisher and editorial director of Farm Business Communications, which publishes the Manitoba Co-operator as well as other respected journals including Grainews,

Exporters must deal with zero tolerance for ractopamine

Reuters — Canada is not developing new tests for the feed additive ractopamine in beef and pork exports to Russia, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. He said Ottawa is leaving it to shippers to take their own steps to satisfy the new Russian requirement for zero residue. The Canada Pork International marketing group said the

Chorney seeking re-election at KAP

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP’s) president Doug Chorney is running for president again in 2013. In an interview following KAP’s General Council meeting Oct. 25, Chorney, an East Selkirk-area farmer first elected president in 2011 and then in 2012, said he would let his name stand. Chorney served as one of KAP’s two vice-presidents in 2010.

Dedicated farm advocate Bob Douglas passes

Bob Douglas, one of Manitoba’s pre-eminent farm champions, died Oct. 6 at the age of 80. “I think Bob is one of those unsung heroes that farmers just heard his name but didn’t know what he committed to them,” Earl Geddes, a former Keystone Agricultural Producers’ president, said in an interview Monday. “I’ve got nothing

Change in command at Ag Canada

Agriculture Canada will be getting a new deputy minister in September when 28-year veteran Suzanne Vinet takes over from John Knubley. Vinet, currently president of the Economic Development Agency of Canada, started at Ag Canada in 1984 and worked her way up to assistant deputy minister for trade policy before leaving in 2007 for senior

Famed wheat breeder Barrie Campbell passes

Barrie Campbell, whose namesake variety AC Barrie still makes up an important part of Prairie wheat acreage, passed away in Winnipeg July 16 at age 89. When Campbell retired in 1988 after 39 years as a wheat breeder at the Agriculture Canada research station in Winnipeg, his varieties accounted for more than 70 per cent

Canola council names new VP of production

A familiar face in canola research has joined the Canola Council of Canada as its new vice-president of crop production. Curtis Rempel, who has been serving as acting director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba, will join the council July 17. Rempel is stepping into the position