Ah, Artemesia absinthium. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being acquainted with absinth wormwood, you’ll likely never forget it. Many describe the plant by its appearance and odor, both likened to pasture sage. Absinth’s odor is strong, however, and in my experience, the pollen profoundly irritates the respiratory system. In fact, you can quite…
The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has announced Kevin Pawlowski as the president of its board of directors. According to a news release, Pawlowski brings 30 years of industry experience to the table. He previously worked as a field representative for CNH Capital (previously Case Credit), and later moved to Farmers Equipment company, a two-store Case IH dealership in northwestern…
The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has announced Kevin Pawlowski as the president of its board of directors.
According to a news release, Pawlowski brings 30 years of industry experience to the table. He previously worked as a field representative for CNH Capital (previously Case Credit), and later moved to Farmers Equipment company, a two-store Case IH dealership in northwestern Washington state where he now serves as the company’s president and general manager. Before joining WEDA as a board member in 2015, he sat on the board of the Pacific Northwest Association for five years.
Pawlowski will lead the ten-member WEDA board of directors and says he is excited for the opportunity for this position.
“I am thrilled and humbled for this opportunity and believe that WEDA has never been in a stronger position, not just to face the challenges ahead, but to emerge as the leader in shaping the path and future direction of the industry for the benefit of equipment dealers. The WEDA Board of Directors is deeply committed to our dealers and our industry, and it is both a privilege and an honour to assume the role as board president,” he says.
John Schmeiser, CEO of WEDA, says that Pawlowski’s extensive leadership experience will prove to be beneficial to the company and industry.
“Over three decades, Kevin has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments,” explains Schmeiser. “His extensive leadership experience, strategic business knowledge, and demonstrated success as a board member will be a valuable asset as we continue to strengthen WEDA’s impact on the industry. Kevin is emblematic of the deep bench strength we have on our Board of Directors, and I could not be more pleased about his appointment.”
Pawlowski began his two-year term on July 1, 2019.
As the calendar creeps towards September, pulse harvest is just beginning to get underway in Western Canada. Fall is also usually a pretty busy selling and shipping season for the…
As the calendar creeps towards September, pulse harvest is just beginning to get underway in Western Canada. Fall is also usually a pretty busy selling and shipping season for the export-dependent crops, but as Chuck Penner, with Leftfield Commodity Research, explains, trade uncertainty and less-than-stellar prices are dragging on the busy harvest season.
RealAgriculture field editor Lyndsey Smith caught up with Penner at the Canadian Special Crops Convention this week in Montreal to get an update on stalled chickpea markets, and Turkey’s foray into the chickpea market after instituting minimum support price for its farmers.
Lentils have also been moving into critical markets, including India, but at much-reduced amounts than past years. Canadian lentils can price themselves into that market now, he says, even with the tariffs, but buyers for many markets aren’t actively buying, and farmers aren’t actively selling, each seemingly waiting for the other to blink.
Penner also comments on acreage shifts for each pulse crop type, harvest and crop conditions, and why, even with lost markets or trade volatility, why he can’t see that the federal government would feel compelled to hand out compensation for grain farmers vs. supply-managed farmers.
During the third day of the Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Convention, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $1.6 million will be given to Pulse Canada. The money…
During the third day of the Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Convention, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $1.6 million will be given to Pulse Canada. The money comes from the AgriAssurance Program.
“Our industry is committed to innovation in products and services to increase markets for Canadian pulses, which deliver consistent quality, nutrition and sustainability as core values,” says Gord Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada. “Our partnership with the Government of Canada will help us continue to highlight the quality attributes of Canadian pulses and ensure that we remain a global leader in the pulse industry.”
The money will be used to generate tools and data that highlight the consistent quality and nutritional density of Canadian pulses, and the environmental benefits of the industry to facilitate sustained demand for their products both here and abroad. Two specific projects will be, one being the harmonized pulse ingredient standards, and the other being the development of data and tools to build awareness about the sustainability benefits of Canadian pulses and cropping systems that include pulses.
“I know how hard our farmers work to grow the world’s best pulses,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “With the amazing nutritional and environmental benefits of pulse products, it’s not surprising that they are more and more attractive to consumers. This federal investment will help Pulse Canada promote Canadian pulses in global markets, which will help us reach our target of $75 billion in Canadian agri-food exports by 2025.”
Overall, it will help the organization maintain high-value markets and position Canada as a preferred supplier of pulse products.
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