Two Alberta Barley directors have been acclaimed to the board and one farmer has been elected as director-at-large following Alberta Barleyâ€™s 2015 regional meetings.
Region five director Bryan Adam (Stony Plain) and region six director Gerald Finster (Valleyview) will return for a second term, while Shane DeBock (Barrhead) will replace outgoing Richard Mueller (Barrhead) as director-at-large. Mueller will be completing his second three-year term this December.
â€œI had a great time working for our provinceâ€™s farmers with Alberta Barley,â€ said Mueller. â€œMy involvement in the research committee showed me first-hand how investments in research can strengthen our industry.â€
Looking forward, he said the interests of farmers are in good hands.
â€œAlberta Barley works for farmers to grow the barley industry, and though I have completed my two terms as director-at-large, I know that the commission will continue to prioritize varietal development and scientific advancements,â€ said Mueller. â€œShane DeBock is passionate about agriculture and I know he will work hard for our farmers.â€
DeBock grew up on a family farm near Barrhead and returned to farming with his father six years ago. After spending a year as delegate in region five, DeBock said he was excited to get more involved in the industry and represent his fellow Alberta barley farmers.
â€œI am thrilled I have the opportunity to give back to our industry,â€ he said. â€œI look forward to working with Alberta Barley to grow the industry for our farmers.â€
The directorsâ€™ terms officially commence on Dec. 10, 2015 at the annual general meeting.