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Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley Commission Welcome New Leader at CropLife Canada

(Calgary, Alberta) – On November 12, 2013 CropLife Canada announced that they will have a new leader, effective January 1, 2014. Ted Menzies, former Conservative Member of Parliament has been named the new President and CEO of CropLife Canada.

Menzies, a long-time Alberta producer who operated a 5,000 acre farm and grew grains, oilseeds, pulses, and spices says in a news release issued by CropLife, “as a farmer I have always been interested in how technology can improve operations. I saw firsthand the role that pesticides and plant biotechnology play in increasing yields and helping the farm environment.”

“It is great to see someone with both political experience and on-hand farm experience taking the lead at CropLife Canada,” says Kent Erickson, Chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission. “His knowledge of the agriculture industry and understanding of the need for technology on the farm makes him a perfect fit for this position.”

Matt Sawyer, Chair of the Alberta Barley Commission mimics Erickson’s comments. “We would like to congratulate Mr. Menzies on this new position and look forward to working with him,” says Sawyer. “His extensive agriculture background allows him to see things from a producer perspective, while also being able to provide a political perspective to CropLife Canada.”

Menzies was also in involved with several farm commodity groups including, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, Grain Growers of Canada and Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. CropLife Canada represents the companies that develop, manufacture, and distrivute pest control products and plant biotechnology.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Ryan
Communications Manager
Alberta Wheat Commission
(403) 219-7902

Cole Christensen
Communications Manager  
Alberta Barley  
(403) 589-3929