After graduating from University of Manitoba with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1999, my wife Anita and I moved back to the family farm and have farmed there for the past 17 years. We have 3 children ages 8, 10, and 13. Together with my brother Robert, father Abe and our families, we grow wheat, canola, oats, peas, sunflowers and soybeans at Rivers, MB.
I have appreciated the opportunity of being the coordinator of our local Canadian FoodGrains Bank growing project for the last 10 years and have been a part of our church leadership team over the years. I take a special interest in continuing my informal education in agronomy, marketing and farm management skills. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, snowmobiling and wake-boarding.
If elected, I look forward to the opportunity to serve the farm community and give a voice to young farmers in Manitoba. Canola is one of the most profitable crops grown in MB for many years. Our vision for the MB Canola Growers should be to maintain and hopefully improve the profitably of growing canola in MB and keep those profits in farmers hands. Any activities undertaken by the association should keep that vision in mind. Spending checkoff money efficiently, responsibly, and transparently are extremely important. Research and development in varieties and production practices, improved transportation and marketing options, and increasing the value of canola up to the end user need to all improve profitability for the grower. Money spent on consumer education and marketing needs to be spent with a focus on return on investment for the farming community.
I enjoy working with a good team. The MB Canola Growers Association has a great staff and has had a history of having a good board of directors that want to improve the canola industry in MB. If elected, I intend to keep that attitude of working hard for the canola growers of MB. Having many farming connections across MB has given me a broad perspective of the challenges of farming in MB and I look forward, if elected, to be part of a team that works to solve the challenges of keeping canola profitable