The Board of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association has begun to enact the nomination and board member election plan accepted by members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 11, 2016.
Nominations are now closed for election at the next AGM on February 16, 2017.
If you are interested in serving on the board please consider nomination before the AGM in 2018. The nomination period will be from November 1, 2017 and will close on November 30, 2017 to allow for an advance ballot opportunity by request. To request a Nomination Form call 204-750-2656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MWBGA are phasing in an increase in board member number and length of terms.
- 2017 AGM (February 16, 2017) 4 directors elected for 3 year terms
- 2018 AGM 3 directors elected for 4 year terms.
- All future directors will be elected for 4 years terms every second year as the positions become available.
Term Limits – two consecutive 4 year terms.
Directors elected at the AGM on February 16, 2017 are:
Cale Jefferies is a partner in Jefferies Seeds located 5 miles west of Glenboro on number 2 highway. He is 27 years old and grew up on the farm now residing in Brandon MB. Jefferies Seeds has 3 partners involved; Cale, his brother Riley and father Ron. The farming operation consists of 1800 ac of arable land, where they grow 75 percent of the crop for certified seed and the remaining is commercial. They grow a variety of crops including Flax, Peas, Faba Bean, Navy Bean, Canola, Oats, Corn, Wheat and Barley.
From 2006-2010 Cale worked for Syngenta in various roles mainly agronomy and sales. Immediately after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2014 with an Agriculture Economics degree Cale made the decision to join the family seed business. His role in Jefferies Seeds is mostly in seed sales.
This will be Cale’s first term on the MWBGA board, and he is excited to get started. He hopes to learn everything he can about the organization, where it’s come from and the direction it is headed. He believes the MWBGA can be a great association that will help cereal growers be more profitable, and add value into the supply chain.
Drew has served on the MWBGA board since the spring of 2014. Since joining the board he has been a member of the Interprovincial Policy Committee, the MWBGA research committee and a board member of Cereals Canada.
Drew hopes to carry forward MWBGA work on Variety Development to ensure that Canadian farmers have a strong, viable public breeding system moving forward. He feels that MWBGA must continue to pursue the priorities of Manitoba growers on regional and national stages.
Drew looks forward to continuing to serve the interests of Manitoba producers.
Robert Misko – At the age of seven years old, Robert moved with his parents to begin a mixed farming operation east of Roblin, MB. Robert loved the farming lifestyle, and decided to make it his career. Over the years the family farm has grown to 6,200 acres. Currently, Robert farms the land with his wife, four children, and parents. He hopes one of the children will take it over.
He has always believed that complaining does not accomplish anything; there should be action with the words. With this philosophy, he served as the Reeve for the RM of Hillsburg for 16 years. He also served as an Association of Manitoba Municipalities Director for the Parkland Region for 4 years. Before his time as Reeve, Robert was a delegate for Manitoba Pool and Agricore. Currently, Robert sits on the Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation Board as the chairperson.
Robert was elected to the MWBGA board in 2014. He has been Vice Chair, served on the board of Cereals Canada, on the board & Research Committee of WGRF.
Dean Harder farms on a 3rd generation grain farm at Lowe Farm, Manitoba. Dean is a member of both KAP and NFU –
Dean was first elected to the board of MWBGA in 2014. Dean served on the Governance Committee working with board members and staff to help develop a more open voting system for wheat and barley farmers across Manitoba. He is the MWBGA board member on the Barley Council of Canada.
Dean will continue to encourage engagement with more farmers about the issues, challenges and nuances involved around wheat and barley. Dean believes that a strong public plant breeding system is needed more than ever for long-term viability for farmers in changing environments. He also believes it is essential that more work is done through interprovincial commodity organization relationships to emphasize to governments the essential needs and positive impacts of public institutions for farmers.