Manitoba Canola Growers Appoints Board Member to Fill Vacant Seat
May 5, 2020
Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Canola Growers board table was left with one vacant seat following this year’s fall election. Earlier this year, an open application process was launched to start the appointment process to fill the seat. Nine highly qualified farmers from across the province submitted applications sharing their interest in representing canola farmers in Manitoba. From these applicants, Manitoba Canola Growers are pleased to announce the appointment of Nicolea Dow to the board of directors.
“The selection committee was pleased to see a strong slate of candidates seeking the position. The fact that Nicolea excelled within such a competitive field gives us confidence that she will be an outstanding MCGA director.” states Bill Nicholson, MCGA Director. “Even early in her farming career she is clearly respected in her local farm community, and her education and work in the ag industry have provided her with skills and experience that will be a valuable addition to our organization.”
Nicolea is a fourth-generation farmer working alongside her dad, and brother on their family farm near Portage la Prairie. She has a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in agronomy from the University of Manitoba and spent several years working for Bayer before deciding to return to the family farm full time. Nicolea’s experience in agronomy and research will be an asset to the board.
“I am truly thrilled to be joining the Manitoba Canola Growers board,” shares newly appointed board member, Nicolea Dow “As a young farmer, it’s a real honour to be given this opportunity. Having my skills and experience in this industry recognized in this way has both a humbling and affirming experience. My grandfather served as the president of the Sugar Beet board for nearly 3 decades and I am proud to continue that legacy of service to the agriculture community in this way.”
Nicolea shared insight into her hopes for her role with the board. “With the challenges that canola has had the last number of years, from pest problems to high input costs and global trade conflicts, farms are having a harder time seeing the profits they have in years past. However, I believe that challenge always gives rise to innovation and new opportunities, and I am very pleased about joining the Manitoba Canola Growers at this time. The vision of Manitoba Canola Growers of maximizing farmers’ profits through sustainable production is very much in line with my personal values as a farmer, and especially relevant in these days.”
Manitoba Canola Growers board and staff look forward to working with Nicolea as they continue to serve canola farmers in Manitoba.
About Manitoba Canola Growers:
The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) represents and are funded by farmers in Manitoba that grow canola. MCGA is committed to maximizing net income for canola farmers through sustainable production. For more information, visit www.canolagrowers.com or follow us on Twitter @CanolaGrowers.