The Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce six outstanding individuals who will be inducted into the Hall during its 50th anniversary celebration this fall.
The 2022 inductees being recognized are:
- Jim Bessel, who played an instrumental role in the establishment of canola as a reliable, profitable crop for
growers in Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Joining the Canola Council of Canada to do agronomy
work with the Saskatchewan Canola Growers Association, he worked with researchers, equipment
manufacturers, seed companies and growers to reduce challenges and provide a successful outcome for
- Margaret Crowle (d. 2021), who participated in a broad range of activities throughout her lifetime which
contributed greatly to rural life, including in her work as an extension specialist and home economics
entrepreneur, her development of services to support families with financial management, and in her
work with the Consumers’ Association of Canada.
- Jack Dawes, who is an agricultural broadcast journalist known for his genuine interest in learning about the
sector and his storytelling abilities. Apart from his successful broadcast career, Jack was general
manager of the Prairie Oat Growers Association from 2003-2011 and was key in establishing the
Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission and Manitoba Oat Growers Association.
- Leslie Hill, who provided technical harvesting knowledge to Saskatchewan farmers, primarily as the project
manager of Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute’s combine testing and evaluation program. He
played an important role in combine optimization and harvest loss reduction and had a hand in many of
the improvements harvesting machinery manufacturers implemented in Western Canada.
- Dr. Jeff Schoenau, who is a professor of soil fertility and professional agrologist who works in the Department
of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a distinguished career in providing
Saskatchewan farmers with innovative soil nutrient management solutions for profitable crop and
livestock production, while maintaining or improving soil, water and air quality.
- Mark Silzer, who is a leader in the bison industry, spending thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to
improving the industry, serving the needs of producers and enhancing the bison profile at the local,
provincial, national and international levels. He served on the boards of both the Saskatchewan and
Canadian Bison Associations, including as president and chair of the CBA from 2004-2016.
These individuals will be formally inducted to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Saskatoon on Saturday, November 12, 2022.