Dow joins Manitoba Canola Growers board

Appointment will fill board vacancy left after fall election

Nicolea Dow is joining the MCGA board.

Manitoba Canola Growers Association has filled a vacant board seat by appointment.

The vacancy was left following a fall election, and is the result of an open application process to fill the seat, which attracted a field of nine interested farmers from across the province. From this field Nicolea Dow was chosen to join the board.

“The selection committee was pleased to see a strong slate of candidates seeking the position. The fact that Nicolea excelled within such a competitive field gives us confidence that she will be an outstanding MCGA director,” said Bill Nicholson, MCGA director.

He noted the young farmer, a fourth-generation producer who works alongside her dad and brother at the family operation near Portage la Prairie, is a respected leader within her local farm community even at a relatively young age.

“As a young farmer, it’s a real honour to be given this opportunity,” said Dow in a media release. “Having my skills and experience in this industry recognized in this way has been both a humbling and affirming experience. My grandfather served as the president of the Sugar Beet board for nearly three decades and I am proud to continue that legacy of service to the agriculture community in this way.”

Dow said she’s particularly interested in tackling recent problems the crop has experienced, including trade issues, pest problems and high input costs.

“Farms are having a harder time seeing the profits they have in years past,” she said. “However, I believe that challenge always gives rise to innovation and new opportunities.”

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