The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) would like to welcome two new directors and one returning director to its board, following an election process that took place in the fall of 2017.
Boris Michaleski (Ashville), Rauri Qually (Dacotah) and incumbent Fred Greig (Reston) were nominated for the three available board positions and elected by acclamation.
Read full Press Release here.
Fred Greig – Incumbent
Fred Greig farms 5,300 acres near Reston, Manitoba. Along with his wife Lori and three grown children, Allison, Stephanie and Cameron, he owns and operates Avondale Seed Farm and a 100 beef cow operation. In 2011 they were awarded the Red River Exhibition’s Farm Family of the Year.
Fred’s previous and current board experience includes serving on the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, Founding Director for Canterra Seeds and now on the board of Directors for Sunrise Credit Union.
“I feel it’s important to give back to the farming community as others have done before me.” says Greig “Helping to direct research where it will be of most benefit to producers continues to be a priority for me. Also, I would like to see Manitoba producer organizations to continue working together and with other Western Canadian farmers to better use the limited check-off dollars.”
Boris Michaleski – New
Boris along with his wife Karen operate a grain farm southwest of Dauphin, Manitoba. A variety of crops are grown including wheat, canola, soybeans, barley and ryegrass.
Boris has been involved in a variety of organizations over the years in various capacities including councillor with the RM of Dauphin, Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation, PAMI, Dauphin Ag Society, and other community organizations. Boris believes being involved in agricultural and community organizations is vital to make positive changes for a strong and healthy industry and community. The experience gained in their farming operation, as well as working with these various organizations, will bring agricultural, governance and organizational skills to the MWBGA.
Boris wanted to become a director on the MWBGA to make cereals such as wheat and barley a viable and profitable cropping choice versus sometimes being a rotation crop. This is increasingly important given the tight cropping rotations on many farms. Increased marketing efforts, improved varieties through breeding development and research in improving agronomic practices are some of the ways these goals can be achieved.
Rauri Qually – New
Rauri Qually lives and works on his family’s grain farm in Dacotah, Manitoba. He is in the process of succeeding the farm from his father. Rauri graduated in 2017 with a diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba.
For 11 years Rauri worked in the city of Winnipeg and all over Canada as an electrician and still runs a small side business today servicing local farms and the community.
Rauri has always been an active member of his community, such as helping with local hockey, the Dacotah Historical Society and assisting the community as needed.
Rauri has little experience on commodity boards but looks forward to listening, learning and voicing the questions and concerns of the farmers he represents.
For more information please contact:
Pam de Rocquigny
General Manager – Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association