Canadian Ag Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2020


The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame has introduced its 2020 slate of inductees.

The 4 people who’re being celebrated for having made vital contributions to Canadian agriculture are: Jay Bradshaw, James Halford, Bryan Harvey and Douglas Hedley.

The corridor, which is run by a 12-member volunteer board, says it would formally acknowledge the 2020 induction class in 2021, because the induction ceremony scheduled for Toronto in November has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

2020 Inductee Biographies:

Jay Bradshaw

Jay Bradshaw

Agribusiness chief Jay Bradshaw started his 36-year profession in Canadian agriculture with a gross sales territory in Saskatchewan. He noticed Cyanamid by the profitable acquisition by BASF earlier than becoming a member of Syngenta Canada, serving as president till his retirement in 2018. Jay is a talented communicator and lifelong advocate for the development of trendy farming know-how. He’s behind a number of collaborative initiatives within the trade together with DevelopCanada – a coalition of nationwide stakeholders to advance agricultural innovation and sustainability, and ClearFarms – a profitable agricultural container recycling program. A extremely revered chief, Jay has successfully helped form organizational course together with his daring imaginative and prescient for the long run of farming. Jay Bradshaw lives in Guelph, ON and was nominated by Syngenta Canada Inc. and CropLife Canada.

James Halford

Soil conservation champion James Halford pioneered zero tillage farming in Saskatchewan and throughout the Prairies. When he started his profession as a farm administration specialist with the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture, he additionally took over the household farm and noticed the necessity for soil conservation practices. An agricultural economist, farmer and entrepreneur, Jim’s Vale Farms invented, manufactured and marketed the ConservaPak® seeder within the 1980s – zero tillage tools that will in the end be offered to John Deere. Jim shared his farm with researchers to check the impact of long-term zero tillage on soil properties and crop yield. His dedication to conservation noticed him invent/co-invent greater than 20 patents associated to farm tools and be acknowledged with quite a few soil conservation awards. James Halford lives in Indian Head, SK and was nominated by Léona Watson.

Bryan Harvey

Renowned plant breeder Dr. Bryan Harvey developed greater than 60 varieties of barley all through his prolific 50-year analysis profession. During graduate work on the University of Guelph within the 1960s, Bryan’s revolutionary strategy signaled step one within the improvement of canola. At the University of Saskatchewan, his ground-breaking analysis developed two-row malting barley varieties that will ship large returns to Canadian agriculture and the malting trade. His most notable selection, Harrington, turned the gold normal for two-row malting barley and the dominant selection throughout the Prairies for greater than 20 years. An esteemed educational, Bryan’s dedication to germplasm conservation is obvious in his quite a few awards and honours together with the Order of Canada. Bryan Harvey lives in Saskatoon, SK and was nominated by the Canadian Seed Growers Association.

Douglas Hedley

A devoted public servant, Douglas Hedley led a distinguished profession with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and is a foremost knowledgeable on Canadian agricultural coverage. He was concerned in each main coverage resolution the federal authorities made within the agri-food sector from the late 1980s till his retirement as Assistant Deputy Minister – Farm Finance Program Branch in 2004. Douglas was instrumental in working with the provinces and agricultural trade teams to set coverage that constructed five-year funded packages that started because the Agricultural Policy Framework, then Growing Forward I and II, and the present Canadian Agri-Food Partnership. After retirement, Douglas served as government director of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, now referred to as the Deans Council – Agriculture, Food & Veterinary Medicine (AFVM), at a key time within the group’s improvement. Douglas Hedley lives in Nepean, ON and was nominated by the Deans Council AFVM.

(biographies equipped by the Canadian Ag Hall of Fame)