Credit: Michael Interisano
Neil Gorda joined the Alberta Barley board of directors in 2016, after being acclaimed as Region four director. Neil is particularly interested in research, development and regulations relating to the industry.
As a third-generation farmer near Willingdon, AB, Neil grows barley, wheat, oats, peas and canola, as well as some hay from his days with a cattle operation.
Active in his community, Neil sat on the Willlingdon Rural Electrification Association board for 27 years. In addition, he sits on the Willingdon seed plant board, rec centre board and is chair of his district’s church board.
Neil is a NAIT graduate, with a degree in civil engineering technology. Of his four siblings, Neil was the only one who stuck with farming. While he wasn’t relishing the thought of being the last family member to work on the farm, his son has followed in his footsteps and now farms with Neil.
With his son on board, Neil is looking forward to the future of their farm, including testing hop production.
Tel: (780) 631-0867
Terry James has been Alberta Barley’s director-at-large in region four since 2015, and farms near Vegreville on land that his grandfather purchased nearly 100 years ago.
After graduating from high school, Terry obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in agriculture and a Masters of Science (M.Sc) in plant science from the University of Alberta. He later returned to university in the continuing studies program for plant genetics.
Following graduation, he joined BASF Canada Inc. as a research and development specialist where he worked for 20 years.
In 1989, Terry and his wife purchased their first quarter of land; and, in 2000, he became a full-time farmer. Currently he grows wheat, barley, canola and cattle together with his brother and son.
Terry is involved with Alberta Barley because he feels that it is important for farmers to work together on areas of common concern. He believes that farmers must be prepared to invest in research and market development to ensure that their industry remains competitive and profitable.
Vegreville, AB T9C 1S7
Tel: (780) 632-0187
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Charlie Leskiw, St. Paul
Brian McGonigal, St. Paul
John Wozniak Jr., St. Paul
Gordon Tuck, Vegreville
Bernie Klammer, Vegreville