Six individuals who have played a prominent role in the agriculture sector in the province will be inducted into Saskatchewan's Agricultural Hall of Fame in April.
SAHF President Reed Andrew says the 2024 inductees, Abdul Jalil, Brian Olsen, Bruce Coulman, Grant Carlson, Les Johnston, and Stewart Stone, have made significant and distinguished contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture.
The inductees will be formally inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Saskatoon on Saturday, April 13th.
Bio's of the 2024 inductees are listed below:
- Abdul Jalil – As a career public servant with both the provincial and federal governments, Jalil has played an influential role in developing highly impactful infrastructure to keep agriculture research in Saskatchewan competitive. From the creation of agriculture research chairs at the University of Saskatchewan to the establishment of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence and the Global Institute for Food Security, Jalil has made a big impact.
- Brian Olsen - During his career, Brian Olson made huge strides towards improving safety for farmers. Brian recognized the lack of a standard hitch connection between tractors and the implements they pulled, and the dangers this created. Seeing this gap, Brian created his own company, Power Pin Inc., and grew his company to become the “World’s Largest Supplier of Tractor-Implement Drawbar Hitching Components”, selling the “Drop-Pin Hammer Strap”.
- Bruce Coulman – Bruce spent is 42-year career in forage breeding working tirelessly to improve crop varieties for producers. Many of these years were spent working at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. Bruce developed 24 novel forage crop varieties in nine different species, some of which were the first of their kind. These varieties were widely adopted by livestock producers as they provided alternatives for the beef industry.
- Grant Carlson – Grant dedicated a 50-year career in agriculture to operating the family farm, KEG Farm Ltd., and KEG Agro., a seed processing plant. His business shipped pulses all over the globe to destinations such as Turkey, Pakistan, India, the USA, and Mexico. This created a local hub for farmers to access agricultural inputs, rental equipment, and global markets. Grant was part of the formation of the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Board and the decision to introduce the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Levy (SPCL). As a grower, Grant engaged in many multi-year research projects with the Crop Development Centre at the College of Agriculture.
- Leslie (Les) Johnston – Les has dedicated his life to the livestock industry. He helped establish the Saskatchewan 4H Alumni at the University of Saskatchewan and served as its first vice-chair. He spent 30 supporting Saskatchewan 4H as a club leader, public speaker, educator, and sought-after cattle show judge. Les received a certificate in Beef Management, Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination, and Public Relations, which began a lifetime of working in AI. He was the Saskatchewan representative on the National Quality Starts Here Program and helped develop and launch The Verified Beef Program (VBP). Les is a tireless promoter and defender of the beef industry and beef producers, appearing in articles, on the radio, and in at least one television documentary.
- Stewart Stone - Stewart has made a lasting impact on Saskatchewan’s beef industry. He worked at the Saskatchewan Beef Stabilization Board (SBSB) to develop strategic direction to benefit ranchers and the industry. He spent 20 years of his career supporting the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP) Livestock Division/ Nilsson Brothers Inc. While fulfilling his professional responsibilities, volunteering in the agriculture community was also a priority for Stewart. He sat on many different committees, including the Canada Beef Export Federation, Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan, Livestock Services of Saskatchewan Corp., and Canadian Western Agribition. In November 2022, Stewart was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for exemplary volunteer and leadership efforts.
Individuals interested in attending the 2024 Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame Ceremony in April can purchase tickets starting Monday, January 15th at www.sahf.ca.
The Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery is located on the upper level of the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon.
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