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MRAC Elects New Chair

Barry Routledge, a beef and grains producer from Lenore, Man., was named chair of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC) board of directors at its annual meeting March 19.

“I look forward to working with Barry as the new chair,” said Ted Eastley, MRAC executive director. “Barry’s unique ability to ‘throw a grenade into the conversation’ is always appreciated in stimulating people to think outside the box.”

As well, three new directors joined the board. Morden-area farmer Evan Gillis and Brandon-area farmer Jim Green join the MRAC team for three-year terms while Gwendolyn Donohoe, a masters student at the University of Manitoba, will serve a one-year term as youth director.

Three directors were re-elected. Brian Cotton, Betty Green and Colin Hudon will continue to serve. Two outgoing directors, Esther Fyk and Linda MacNair, were recognized for their efforts.

MRAC currently administers the Manitoba share ($10.3 million) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s $243 million Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program. With ACAAF ending on March 31, the council is anticipating a new five-year funding program to be announced soon.

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