Six leaders in agriculture have been inducted to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Quebec City.
“The success and sustainability of our industry depends on the vision, dedication and drive of outstanding agricultural ambassadors like this year’s inductees,” says Trish Jordan, president of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “Each of these individuals have contributed to opening new opportunities for Canadian agriculture – at home and around the globe. Their work has helped build a stronger Canadian agriculture brand from genetics to stewardship, grains and industry leadership. We are proud to welcome them to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.”
The six people honoured for their lifetime contributions to the Canadian agriculture industry as the 2019 inductees are:
- JoAnne Buth: entomologist, former senator, researcher, and past leader of the Canola Council of Canada and CIGI, nominated by Canadian Canola Growers Association and Emerging Ag Inc.
- Marc Comtois: Holstein breeder, dairy promoter, mentor, marketer and judge, nominated by Holstein Quebec, Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance
- Dr. Cynthia Grant: retired nutrient management researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, whose work laid the foundation for the 4R nutrient stewardship framework, nominated by Fertilizer Canada
- Louis Latimer (posthumous): cattle breeder and genomics pioneer, nominated by the Canadian Hereford Association
- Laurent Pellerin: former president of UPA, Pork Producers Federation of Quebec, and Farm Product Council of Canada, and former VP of Canadian Federation of Agriculture, nominated by Quebec Farmers Union and the Quebec Pork Association
- Robert (Bob) Prestage: cattle genetics pioneer and exporter, nominated by the Canadian Angus Association
The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (CAHFA) honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.