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Sask Wheat Is Looking For A New Executive Director

Harvey Brooks who served as General Manager of the organization since 2014 announced his retirement plans this week.

Brooks helped develop the organization from a start-up commission to its role today.

Sask Wheat Chair Brett Halstead says Harvey’s depth of experience in the grains industry and producer relations has been extremely important in representing Sask wheat producers’ interests during the periods of significant change.

Some highlights of Brooks career included the formation of the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition and having Sask Wheat take on the administration for the Canadian National Wheat Cluster, which facilitates a $25 million collaborative research effort.

During Brooks’ tenure, the CWRC also assumed joint funding of the Core Wheat Breeding Agreements for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and three Prairie universities, an investment of approximately $34.6 million.

Sask Wheat Director Bill Gehl says Sask Wheat has been very fortunate to have Harvey as its General Manager from our initial growth stage up to our current operations, which encompass research funding, agronomy extension, policy development and communications.

Brooks will remain with Sask Wheat until mid-October, in the meantime the board has started its search for a new Executive Director.

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