On September 19, 2017, I announced my candidacy for a position with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC). I decided to run for a seat on this board because of a variety of reasons; but simply put, I love growing wheat, and I want to do my part to ensure a sustainable market and improved agronomics for the future.
I have been writing this blog for four and a half years, and I have learned so much in that time. I’ve learned just how important it is to speak up and provide your input to the conversation. AgMoreThanEver ran a great campaign last year talking about the idea that you always wish “somebody” would speak up. What I have come to realize in my time advocating for agriculture is that I’m somebody. I can speak up and do my part.
The SWDC has had challenges in the past with looking to the future, with putting the past in the past, and realizing the amazing opportunities we have as wheat growers. Wheat is a crucial part of my farm’s rotation, and likely always will be. It is a crop that has the dubious reputation of being unprofitable, or simply a rotation crop.
I believe it’s time for that to change. I believe if we work closely with national commissions, as well as other wheat check-off organizations, we can help drive wheat agronomy research forward, while developing new markets, and looking after current ones.
I will not let ideology get in the way of good policy. I will put farmer’s needs first, and I will listen to your concerns, questions, and ideas. Working together is how we move forward.
Please consider me for the SaskWheat election. Ballots will be in your mailbox at the end of October and into November, and you can also vote online. Let’s bring positive change to the SaskWheat Commission.
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