Six new inductees announced for Saskatchewan Ag Hall of Fame

Six people are set to join the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2019. They represent a wide swath of the province’s agriculture activities.

The new inductees are: Chantelle Donahue (Biggar), Clarence Hookenson (Kisbey), Roger Pederson (Outlook), Arnold Petracek (Esterhazy), Daniel Prefontaine (Saskatoon), and Neil Shantz (Saskatoon).

“Saskatchewan has an outstanding agriculture sector and this year’s inductees are indicative of the wealth of leadership and knowledge in primary agriculture, irrigation, animal health, value-added processing, agricultural research, and building public trust in our industry,” SAHF board chairman Reed Andrew says. “Their leadership and vision have contributed enormously to the success of agriculture and we all benefit as a result of their work.”

Here is a bit about them from their biographies:

  • Chantelle Donahue, a farmer and vice-president for Cargill, has been a leader in the efforts to maintain agriculture’s social licence.
  • Clarence Hookenson, a former longtime reeve of the Rural Municipality of Brock, has been a strong advocate for agriculture and particularly the cattle industry.
  • Roger Pederson has been instrumental in the growth and development of the irrigation sector in Saskatchewan, and a founding member of the True North seed potato company.
  • Arnold Petracek served 40 years on the Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance Association board of directors, was business man a seed grower, a councillor and later reeve of the Rural Municipality of Fertile Belt.
  • Daniel Prefontaine has spent his career advancing the cause of food processing in Saskatchewan. In 1990, he joined the University of Saskatchewan’s new Saskatchewan Food Innovation Program, eventually leading to the creation of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (the Food Centre)
  • Dr. Neil Shantz (DVM) has been a champion of the Saskatchewan pork industry’s collective efforts to enhance on-farm food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity.

The induction ceremony will be held in Saskatoon on April 27, 2019.

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