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Dec 9

Jason Lenz elected as new chair of Alberta Barley

Posted on Dec 9 By: Alberta Barley
Region three director had served as vice-chair for the last two years

Dec. 8, 2016 (Banff, AB):
Jason Lenz has been unanimously elected as the new chair of Alberta Barley following today’s board meeting. Lenz was first elected as vice-chair at the 2014 AGM and served two years in that role.

The changing of the guard comes after region three director-at-large Mike Ammeter termed out at Alberta Barley after serving on the board of directors for the last six years.

Lenz was acclaimed in the region three director election this November and now begins his second three-year term, which extends until 2019. Region one director Dave Bishop of Barons was elected as vice-chair, replacing Lenz.

“I’m certainly excited to be the chair of Alberta Barley,” said Lenz, who farms near Bentley in west-central Alberta. “It’s a big responsibility that I am looking forward to with both returning directors and new faces, as well. We have appreciated Mike’s leadership on our board for the last two years. Now, with a couple years of experience, I’m optimistic I can help lead Alberta Barley together with eight other talented directors.”

Lenz farms 2,500 acres of canola, wheat, barley and faba beans and operates a small cow/calf commercial herd. He first joined Alberta Barley as a delegate in the fall of 2009. Since then, he has served on Alberta Barley’s research, policy and governance committees, the GrainsWest magazine board and was the Alberta Barley representative for the Barley Council of Canada for two years.

Other new additions to the board of directors include Neil Gorda of Willingdon, who was acclaimed in region four following Bernie Klammer’s two successful terms as a director. In the director-at-large election, Brian Sewell of Blackie was elected after a three-way race, with ballots being cast by eligible producers at all six regional meetings. Both men will begin their three-year terms immediately.

For more information, please contact:
Trevor Bacque
Alberta Barley Communications Manager
(403) 219-6266

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