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APG’s New Chair Excited to Work with New Board Towards Pulses on Every Farm, On Every Plate JAN 28 2021 | Producers | News Release

The new Chair of the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission (APG) is keen to work with the new and experienced members of the Board of Directors to achieve the vision of pulses on every farm, on every plate.

Robert Semeniuk of Smoky Lake was elected to the role of Chair following this week’s virtual annual general meeting. He took over the position from St. Brides’ Don Shepert, who becomes Past Chair.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the great work this Board has started under Don’s leadership to maximize opportunities for Alberta’s pulse farmers,” Semeniuk said. “Beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and soybeans have a fantastic sustainability, economic and health story to tell. I’m looking forward to sharing news about more successes in the near future.”

Semeniuk grows yellow peas and other crops alongside his wife Angela. He served as APG’s Vice-Chair for the last two years and as Zone 5 Chair prior to joining the provincial Board.

He will lead an Executive Committee that includes new Vice-Chair Chris Allam of Ardrossan (Zone 3) and Shepert (Zone 5).

Kevin Auch of Carmangay (Zone 2) and Shane Strydhorst of Neerlandia (Zone 3) join APG as Directors on the 12-member Board. They will join continuing Directors Greg Stamp of Enchant, Rodney Volk of Burdett and Will Muller of Bow Island (Director-at-Large, Bean) in Zone 1; Allison Ammeter of Sylvan Lake in Zone 2; as well as Jerome Isaac of Crooked Creek, Caroline Sekulic of Rycroft and Peter Konstapel of Spirit River (Director-at-Large, Non-Bean) in Zone 4.

Outgoing Directors Kelisha Archer in Zone 2 and Dan Visser in Zone 3 were thanked for their service at the annual general meeting. Shepert and Isaac were also recognized for their service in the roles of Chair and Third Executive Member respectively.

The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission represents 6,500 growers of field pea, dry bean, lentil, chickpea, faba bean and soybean in Alberta.

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