Agraduate of the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agricultural and food sciences was recognized recently for his outstanding contributions to Manitoba’s agricultural community.
Robert Brunel, producer and young farmer advocate, received a certificate of merit from the faculty of agricultural and food sciences at the School of Agriculture diploma graduation on April 30.
Brunel graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997 with a diploma in agriculture and returned home to Ste. Rose du Lac to join his family on their mixed grains and oilseeds operation. In recent years, they have expanded into grass seed production.
He has served as a District 11 board member of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) for six years before becoming the district’s board chair. He also served as a KAP executive member for three years before being elected to serve as vice-president.
Brunel has worked at both the provincial and national level on environmental issues as well as on matters related to grains and oilseeds.
Rob has also devoted significant time and energy to issues related to young farmers. For six years, he has been chair of KAP’s Young Farmer Committee which has hosted annual conferences for young farmers. Rob has made presentations at numerous conferences about young farmer issues and intergenerational transfers.
Rob and his wife Erin along with their two children live in Ste. Rose du Lac and continue to operate a fourth-generation farm.