Agricultural Institute of Canada

Agricultural Institute of Canada

October 17, 2006 15:12 ET

Agricultural Institute of Canada to Honour Outstanding Individuals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Three outstanding individuals will receive recognition at the upcoming Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) Honours and Awards Ceremony. Dr. Digvir Jayas, P.Eng, P.Ag., and Mr. Edward (Ted) Poyser, P.Ag., will be granted the AIC Fellowship; Dr. Kwame Oppong-Anane will be presented with the AIC International Partners Award. The honours will be bestowed at the upcoming AIC Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

AIC's highest honour is peer recognition.

AIC believes that our highest honour is peer recognition. "All the AIC Awards are based on nominations from our membership," said Sandy Todd, AIC President. "These honours and awards truly reflect the value that AIC members place on the contributions of their peers to Canadian and International Agriculture," he said. The Honours and Awards Program is key to AIC's membership based structure.

AIC Fellowship - Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, PAg PEng

Dr. Jayas is a distinguished Professor, Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems and Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Jayas is world-renowned as a leader in the field of grain storage research. His work provides both a theoretical and a practical basis upon which to improve the quality of farm and commercial grain storage systems.

AIC Fellowship - Edward (Ted) A. Poyser, PAg

Ted Poyser, "Steward of the land", has had a life long passion for soil and water conservation, but always in the context of enhancing the sustainability of rural communities. He continues to advocate for rural communities and sustaining the agricultural landscapes upon which they depend. His impact has been huge - on agricultural practices, agricultural policies and institutions, as well as on agricultural people. Mr. Posyer lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Kwame Oppong-Anane FGSAP will receive the AIC International Partners Award in recognition of his work in Ghana to successfully develop and transfer appropriate technology to improve the welfare of women in rural communities in Northern Ghana, and to train and encourage resource poor farmers to take up livestock rearing for poverty alleviation and income generation. Under his leadership as the Ghanaian Coordinator of the Canadian Society of Animal Science-Ghanaian Society of Animal Production Partnership Project, Dr. Oppong-Anane's approach to agricultural development has resulted in empowered women's groups within their communities, increased income of women as well as improved health of households. The positive environmental approaches of the project have resulted in a significant reduction of bush fires in the area and an increase in biomass for livestock grazing. Dr. Oppong-Anane lives in Accra, Ghana

The awards presentation will take place on Tuesday November 7, 2006 at the Honours and Awards Luncheon during the AIC Conference: "Innovation for Growth-Trends and Successes Redefining Agriculture", at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

The Agricultural Institute of Canada with its motto "food for all" exists to have a positive impact on the agri-food sector.

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