Two farmers and three researchers will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame this spring.
The class of 2018 will be officially inducted on April 21 at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon. They will join 236 other agricultural leaders and innovators already in the Ag Hall of Fame.
The mission of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame is to formally recognize individuals making significant and distinguished contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture.
A brief biography of each individual in listed below:
Dr. Henry Classen has made significant contributions to teaching, research and extension in poultry welfare, nutrition and management, to the benefit of the poultry industry in Canada, as well as internationally. He was named a University of Saskatchewan 'Distinguished Professor' and appointed an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in 2013 and was named to the International Poultry Hall of Fame in 2016, among other honours.
Doug Howe, a producer from Moose Jaw, Sask., has taken a lifelong active role in marketing and promoting cattle. Douglas is a successful breeder of Charolais and Red Angus cattle who helped make both breeds a prominent part ofCanadian Western Agribition (CWA). He served on the CWA board from 1996-2001, where he led the beef and commercial cattle committees. He is also active in the horse industry and is a past president of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation.
Joan Heath, an agricultural leader and producer at Radisson, Sask., has served in many capacities, including withCereals Canada as a current board member, a past director with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and past chair of SaskCanola, where she represented Saskatchewan growers in various policy discussions and served as an outstanding advocate for the benefits of canola oil.
Dr. Brian Fowler, a globally regarded expert who pioneered winter wheat development in Western Canada and is aleader in no-till agronomy. His program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre has been responsible for significant advancements in winter wheat breeding and agronomy, work that has created vital nesting habitat for waterfowl and upland game birds.
Vern Racz has contributed to animal nutrition and feed development throughout his career, including as a director at the Saskatchewan Feed Testing Laboratory and founder of the Prairie Feed Resource Centre. He constantly identified new opportunities in feed development for the agriculture sector in his work in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, and has provided technical expertise to support companies looking to develop new feed products based on Saskatchewan crop.
(Above picture-clockwise starting at top left--Doug Howe, Dr. Brian Fowler, Vern Racz, Joan Heath and Dr. Henry Classen)