Grain Growers of Canada has announced its executive for 2016/17, led by new president Jeff Nielsen.
Nielsen, who served as vice president in 2015, represents the Western Barley Growers Association, and replaces Gary Stanford, who held the position for the three years and remains on the board representing the Alberta Wheat Commission.
“It is an honour to be selected to represent Canada’s grain farmers,” said Nielsen, who farms southeast of Olds, AB. “Our industry is one of the most progressive and innovative in the country and I look forward to working to ensure that our industry continues to enjoy a policy environment where we can reach our full potential.”
He has also served as a director for the Canadian Wheat Board, Agricore United and the Alberta Barley Commission.
Art Enns, who farms at Morris, Manitoba and represents the Prairie Oat Growers Association, is GGC’s new vice president.
Each of the 12 Grain Growers member organizations appoint a farmer director to the national group’s board, from which the following five people were chosen to serve on the executive committee for 2016/17:
- President – Jeff Nielsen (Western Barley Growers Association)
- Vice President – Art Enns (Prairie Oat Growers Association)
- Executive – Michael Delaney (Atlantic Grains Council)
- Executive – Ben Martens (Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers Association)
- Executive – Margaret Hansen (Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association)
“With implementation of the CETA deal with Europe, anticipated legislation for the Transportation 2030 plan, and ongoing consultations for the next Agricultural Policy Framework, 2017 is sure to be an exciting year for agriculture in Canada,” said Enns. “GGC will continue to be a strong voice in Ottawa for grain farmers throughout the country.”