Alberta Barleyâ€™s board of directors has re-elected director-at-large Mike Ammeter as chairman and region three director Jason Lenz as vice-chairman following the commissionâ€™s 2015 annual general meeting last week.
â€œI had a great first year as chairman with Alberta Barley and I am honoured to have been re-elected,â€ said Ammeter. â€œThis next year will be one filled with opportunities and challenges, and I am looking forward to continuing my role as an advocate for Albertaâ€™s barley farmers.â€
Born and raised in the Sylvan Lake area, Ammeter grows barley, wheat, oats, canola, and peas with his wife and three children. Ammeter has also been involved with Alberta Barley for over 16 yearsâ€”including the past four as director.
Ammeterâ€™s neighbour and Alberta Barley vice-chairman, Jason Lenz, lives and farms two miles southwest of Bentley, AB. Heading into his second year as vice-chairman, Lenz said he has enjoyed being involved in Alberta Barleyâ€™s research initiatives and looks forward to working more closely with the agricultural industry on future research projects.
â€œSupporting research is an investment directly back into the industry that we live,â€ said Lenz. â€œIt is the best way for us to increase profitability for Albertaâ€™s barley producers and I am interested in guiding where our research goes.â€
Both Ammeter and Lenz will serve for one year in their respective roles.