Jack and Dianne Froese are the 2017 Red River Exhibition Farm Family of the Year.
They operate Froese Enterprises near Winkler where they grow field crops, including pulses, soybeans and canola. They began farming in the 1970s and as young farmers they were interested in environmental stewardship, leading them to adopt numerous practices including cultivating environmentally friendly pulse crops.
Jack was active in the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers for 20 years, beginning in 1985, and has served as chair of Pulse Canada.
The Froeses join a distinguished list of 51 other families who have been honoured with this award since its inception in 1966.
“The Froese family is an innovator and leader in Manitoba’s agricultural industry and personifies the qualities recognized by this title,” Garth Rogerson, CEO of the Red River Exhibition Association, said.
Jack and Dianne have travelled extensively and have always looked to learn about new techniques and production practices during their travels. While serving industry associations Jack has presented to the House of Commons and Senate standing committees on agriculture, participated in Team Canada trade missions and attended international trade and industry meetings as well as served as panellist to various agriculture conferences.
Currently, Jack is a director with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and serves as president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.
“The Froese family is deserving of this award as their family embodies what it means to live in rural Manitoba,” Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and this year’s nominator, said. “They engage with their community, are exemplary stewards of the environment and have built a farm business that is progressive, diverse and a welcome place to work and visit.”
The Froeses will be officially acknowledged at a reception to recognize excellence in agriculture June 19 as part of celebrations surrounding the 2017 Red River Ex.
At this same event, scholarships for young agriculture students will be awarded in addition to the induction of two nominees into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.