Allan Chambers, a Manitoba farmer who served the farming community and agricultural sector in many capacities over his lifetime, died Oct. 21 at the age of 70.
Chambers, who farmed certified seed and beef cattle in the Interlake but later retired to his birthplace near Belmont, Man., was active in producer organizations, municipal politics and co-operatives. He also served as a consultant for government and non-government organizations, including AAFC, Ducks Unlimited, as an international development specialist in Sudan, an agricultural representative for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, and assistant director of the Agricultural Diploma program at the University of Manitoba. Chambers has been a contributing editor to Grainews and was frequently called upon as a guest speaker.
“Throughout his entire life, Allan was an enthusiastic leader who cared deeply and worked hard for the well-being of his community and the agricultural industry,” said Don Flaten, a soil scientist with the University of Manitoba.
“Allan was eager to share his ideas about a wide range of agricultural issues, including a variety of innovative farm and business management strategies and agricultural policies.”