Leo has applied to run in the election for a position as director of SaskBarley and he asks for your supporting vote. Leo would appreciate the opportunity to represent farmers’ interests and to provide a farmer’s perspective on issues that producers are experiencing in their farm businesses.
After taking a vocational agricultural program Leo returned to farming full time. He is now 54 years old and has over 30 years of farming experience. He shares the work with his wife Sheila and brother Neil. Together they farm about 4000 acres and rotate crops of barley, canola, flax, oats, and wheat.
Leo is interested in working as a director of SaskBarley to strengthen the voice of producers in influencing policies that improve the returns to farmers. He will also support SaskBarley efforts to work with other producer groups across western Canada who have similar objectives. There are three main areas that Leo thinks are priorities at this time.
“One, I support farmer participation in the formation of a producer-controlled, publicly funded, varietal research and development program that develops high quality grain that is in demand in the market place. I will work to make sure that the levy on barley is directed to this research to benefit farmers and not into the corporate sector. I will also work to ensure farmers’ right to retain part of their production for seed is fully recognized and sustained. Two, I support the need to develop transparency in the marketing of grain including grading, pricing, and export/import information. Three, I support the need to continue with the work that has been started on issues related to improving effectiveness of transportation”.
Leo has been actively involved in farm organizations including the National Farmers’ Union, the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance. His contact with farmers who share a desire to create a system that improves farmers’ share of the wealth and to be able to return it to our communities has given him the impetus to put his name forward. “Your support will enable me to work with others who share the interest of the barley farmers,” says Leo.