The Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame honours leaders in agriculture in the province who’ve made important contributions.
There are 4 inductees this 12 months, together with:
- Rick Holm, professor emeritus in plant science on the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and former director of the Crop Development Centre;
- William (Bill) Jameson, founding companion of JGL Livestock;
- Robert (Bob) Tyler, Department Head of the Animal and Poultry Science division and professor at U of S; and
- Grant Devine former premier of the province, former agriculture minister, farmer, and college professor in ag economics
ActualAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis caught up with Bob Tyler and Grant Devine at Western Canadian Crop Production Show (WCCPS) in Saskatoon, Sask., Jan. 11.
After summarizing his profession Tyler humbly says that “I’ve been privileged to have those opportunities and every once in a while I guess, somebody thought I did a pretty decent job.”
“I always thought we could add more value to the raw products that we produce here, so rather than just sell grain we could sell flour, we could sell split peas, we could add various kinds of value,” says Devine of his profession as an economist. “It was a little frustrating in about 1978 when I didn’t see any of that happening here and I was a professor, so I ended up getting into politics and saying if I do happen to win, we’re going to add a lot of value.”
Both Tyler and Devine have been concerned with Ag-West Bio, a company that introduced scientists and entrepreneurs collectively and in keeping with Devine the multiplying impact of the group was about “a billion-two or more.”
Despite their lengthy lists of profession accomplishments, Tyler and Devine stay humbled by the induction announcement.
“When you look at who’s in the Hall of Fame now, it’s a pretty impressive group, right, to know that somebody thinks you belong in that group, that’s a thrill actually,” says Tyler.
The 4 shall be inducted in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame on April ninth throughout a dinner and ceremony on the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Sask.
Watch the total dialog with Tyler, Devine, and ActualAgriculture editor Kara Oosterhuis to listen to extra about how they obtained to the place they’re and what could be subsequent for them: