New Alberta Pulse chair focused on collaboration, market access issues

Collaboration at a provincial and national level and a focus on international markets will be top of mind for Alberta Pulse Growers’ new chair.

The Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) held its annual general meeting last month at FarmTech at Edmonton, where Don Shepert was elected chair of the producer organization.

RealAgriculture’s news lead, Jessika Guse sat down with newly elected chair, Don Shepert to discuss what all took place. He’s no stranger to APG, having worked with the organization for quite some time and continues to be the chair of the crop sector working group.

Shepert says market access continues to be a key issue for the pulse industry. Working with Pulse Canada will be a priority over the next year since India has put a damper on the Canadian market.

“Despite the fact we lost one major market, one other major market has increased by lots, so we’re thankful for China for buying up our peas the way they have,” he says.

Looking forward, he says he’s excited to work with the Team Alberta advocacy team that’s comprised of Alberta Pulse, Alberta Wheat and Barley, and Alberta Canola.

“It’s become a really important venue for us to take care of provincial and national issues,” Shepert says, adding with even more so with the upcoming federal election.

Listen to RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse speak with Alberta Pulse Growers chair, Don Shepert below.

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