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Agricultural council elects new executives


July 5, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable

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July 2, 2010, Ottawa,
Ont – Mervin Wiseman, an active member of the Newfoundland and Labrador
Federation of Agriculture (NLFA), was elected chair of the Canadian
Agricultural Human Resource Council’s (CAHRC) board of directors at the
council’s annual general meeting held in Calgary recently.



July 2, 2010, Ottawa,
Ont – Mervin Wiseman, an active member of the Newfoundland and Labrador
Federation of Agriculture (NLFA)
, was elected chair of the Canadian
Agricultural Human Resource Council’s (CAHRC)
board of directors at the
council’s annual general meeting held in Calgary recently.

He replaces outgoing
chair, Terry Murray, member of the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers in Alberta.

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“I wish to thank Terry
for his passion and dedication to CAHRC,” said Wiseman. “His leadership over
the past three years has helped the council to begin delivering on its mission
to research, develop and communicate solutions to HR issues identified by
Canadian primary agriculture. I look forward to building upon those efforts and
raising the bar on employment and skills development.”

The owner of the largest
silver fox farm in North America, located in North Harbour, Placentia Bay, in
Newfoundland and Labrador, Wiseman served five years as president of the NLFA.
He is past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Livestock Council as well
as past president of the NL Fur Breeders Association.

A number of officers
were also appointed at the meeting in Calgary: Mark Wales, vice president of
the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, moved to the position of vice chair;
Harold Deenen, CEO of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, returns as
treasurer; and Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of
Agriculture
, as well as Doug Chorney, vice president of the Keystone Agricultural
Producers
(Manitoba), were both elected as members on the executive committee.

Led by industry and
funded by the federal government’s Sector Council Program, the Canadian
Agricultural Human Resource Council
was created in 2006 to address primary
agriculture’s most pressing challenges related to the recruitment and retention
of farm labour and skills training for employers and employees. The council is
guided by a board of directors comprised of representatives from national
commodity organizations or provincial/federal general farm organizations.