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Eleven leaders to be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

To qualify for this recognition, inductees must have shown visionary leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

February 2, 2023  By OAHF

Representing one of the selected inductees, Richard Frank will be forever associated with sound pesticide use. He co-created and was director of the first pesticide testing lab in Ontario. (Source: OAHF)

In 2023, the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (OAHF) will induct 11 individuals who have made significant impacts on Ontario agriculture and beyond.

Their influences range from agronomy and crop consulting, soil health and water quality advancements, pesticide and crop research, the development of farm shows and farm co-operatives and leadership in the sectors of horticulture, dairy, forages, eggs and pullets.

The successful nominees for induction include:

  • David Biesenthal
  • Dale Cowan
  • Mack Emiry
  • Richard Frank
  • Brian Gilroy
  • Peter Gould
  • Carolynne Griffith
  • Ray Robertson
  • Robert James Scott
  • Tarlok Singh Sahota
  • Doug Wagner

All have been selected by the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association as worthy candidates based on their life-long commitments to Ontario agriculture.

The inductees will be recognized in a ceremony on June 11, bringing the total number of inductees recognized since 1980 to 256.

“Our Board of Directors was overwhelmed by the number of nomination packages received for consideration last year,” says Nick Whyte, president of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This level of interest really shows the importance that the agricultural industry places on recognizing its leaders – both past and present.”

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