MPSG adds on-farm technician and communicator to staff

More staff will enable the group to deliver on ongoing commitments and priorities

An on-farm researcher and a communications professional are the latest additions to the staff roster of the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG).

Greg Bartley will be the group’s research technician and will contribute to the growth of the On-Farm Network, a program of farm-level pulse and soybean research fully funded by the MPSG.

Bartley, who grew up on a farm near Roland, completed a bachelor of science in agronomy in 2013 at the University of Manitoba, where he is currently completing his master’s degree in plant science. His past work includes co-ordinating and implementing residue management experiments with the U of M and MPSG’s On-Farm Network. Bartley also held an NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship with MPSG, which allowed him to gain valuable industry experience.

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“I’m looking forward to working with the On-Farm Network and the research team at MPSG,” Bartley said. “It’ll be great to collaborate with farmers, conducting research on their own farms.”

Toban Dyck will be the organization’s new director of communications. He took over the family farm in 2012, and has been involved in agriculture writing since.

An award-winning columnist with Grainews magazine, Dyck has also written for national publications and teaches writing at Red River Com­munity College.

“There’s strong, exhilarating momentum here,” said Dyck. “There’s a wealth of expertise in this office, and I’d like to help every pulse and soybean farmer tap into it.”

The staff additions are representative of the organization’s trajectory of growth and ongoing commitment to bring increased value to members and participate fully in initiatives and campaigns such as the UN’s declaration of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, said MPSG executive director Francois Labelle.

“The level of expertise represented in Greg and Toban will help us raise the standard for the value we deliver to our membership, pulse and soybean farmers,” said Labelle.

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