4-H leaders have become the second group to be recognized since the award was established in 1976
The province’s 4-H leaders are among the distinguished Manitobans being inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2013.
This year’s inductees also include Charlie Froebe of Carman, Wilf (Butch) Harder of Lowe Farm, Herbert and Helen Kletke of Teulon, John W. Kuhl of Winkler and Vern McNair of Winnipeg.
This is only the second time since the inception of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame that a group, such as 4-H leaders, has been recognized.
Nominees are evaluated based on nine criteria including innovative contributions, local, provincial, national and international impact, service to agriculture and home life, and lasting influence.
“I had many 4-H calves in my youth. I will always be grateful to my 4-H club leaders who volunteered their time,” said Bill Anderson, president of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in a release.
4-H, a program that couldn’t exist without volunteer leaders, is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2013.
“These leaders put in countless hours mentoring, planning, teaching and being devoted to their 4-H members,” said Carrie Tapp, president of the Manitoba 4-H Council. “Youth learn by observing adults, and we couldn’t ask for better role models than our 4-H leaders.”
Froebe, who farmed in the Homewood area, is being recognized for his contributions to his community and to the canola industry, especially his work starting and administering a cash advance program for canola growers.
Butch Harder has been active in farm organizations and policy throughout his career as a farmer and seed grower.
Longtime Teulon-area seed growers, Herbert and Helen Kletke engineered and implemented a state-of-the-art process to treat and coat canola seed and adapted the process for forage seed, now distributed and widely used across Canada and abroad.
John W. Kuhl of Winkler has been active in the provincial and national horticultural industry organizations. He is also being recognized for contributions to his local community.
Vernon McNair, a former CBC farm broadcaster who later became head of the province’s agricultural communication services, is considered a pioneer in the use of television as an education tool.