Pork council honours Rempel and Flaten

The Manitoba Pork Council has honoured Marg Rempel of Ste. Anne with its award of distinction in recognition of her outstanding contributions to agriculture through her passionate commitment and tireless efforts.

“Her accomplishments and vast contributions have had far-reaching global impact, but perhaps it’s the motivation to her work that impresses most,” the council’s citation says.

Rempel, operates Rempelco Acres, a mixed farm consisting of a 500-sow farrow-to-finish hog enterprise and 1,600 acres of cropland. Her community service has included three years living in northeastern Brazil along with her late husband Ron, 4-H district and regional councils, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. She is currently on the board of directors for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.

The pork council also honoured University of Manitoba soil scientist Don Flaten with its education award “in recognition of outstanding contributions in raising public awareness of the environmental sustainability of agriculture through exemplary efforts in research, teaching and extension activities.”

“Dr. Flaten has consistently distinguished himself by pushing the boundaries of research both in a fundamental way of questioning the current assumptions of our knowledge of soils in Western Canada, and of challenging the agricultural industry to incorporate the latest findings of his research into the mainstream of farming practices,” the council’s citation says.

Flaten, a professor and researcher with the soil science department, is also chair of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment.

The citation also notes Flaten’s ability to reach out to the wider community to increase the understanding of research and its implications.

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