Posted  14 Mar, 2020 
In: Past Events

Event Date:  Apr 8, 2020

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MOA 2020 AGM Minutes

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10 am Dr Martin Entz will discuss the proposed Organic Sector Development Fund check-off.
Q&A about the proposed check-off will be open to everyone.

10:30 AGM

Learn about what MOA has been doing this past year and meet the new potential board members.

All are welcome to attend this annual general meeting. Members may vote. 

  1. Additions to and approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the minutes of the January 24, 2019 AGM
  3. President’s report
  4. Nominations report 
    1. First call for Nominations
  5. Financial report
  6. Second and Third calls for Nominations
  7. Motion to amend by-laws
  8. Election of the Board of Directors
    1. Vote
    2. Motion to thank outgoing directors  
  9. Other business
  10. Adjournment

11:30 AM END of meeting

Thanks to the Outgoing Board of Directors

Larry Black, Hermann Grauer, Eric Rempel, Janine Gibson, Ken Sabatier, Chuck Leibert

Nominations to the Board of Directors

Elizabeth Karpinchick – Agronomist with Tone Ag Consulting

Current Chair of MOA is letting her name stand for a 2nd term.

Liz is a Professional Agrologist based out of St. Pierre-Jolys that provides independent consulting services to both conventional and organic farms. Liz specializes in integrated pest management, soil fertility and on-farm trials. 

Nominations to the Board of Directors for New Positions

Royden Loewen – Organic Producer 

Royden Loewen of Millview Grain Inc. farms north of Steinbach with his son Sasha Loewen.  Royden is married to Mary Ann, father to three children (Rebecca, Meg and Sasha), and grandfather to Remy and Kay.  From 1996 to 2020 he served as Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg and has focused most of his research on the history of Mennonite rural communities in Canada and around the world. His most recent book, ’Farming Seven Places: Mennonites, the Environment and a Sustainable Agriculture in Global Context,’ should be released in early 2021.  Throughout his career, he has farmed, running Millview Farm as a conventional farm until 2017, when it became a Certified Organic Farm through Procert. The farm has focused on hemp, wheat, sunflowers, oats and alfalfa. Royden serves on the following boards: Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, Steinbach Campus Foundation, D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Steinbach Hatchery and Feed Company.   Royden enjoys the outdoors and loves cycling, kayaking, and of course, farming. He is especially committed to the idea of sustainable ways of farming within board concerns with technological innovation, climate change, global food security and the integrity of local rural community.

Jason Peters — Agronomist with Kroeker Farms/Poplar Grove Organics

Jason grew up on a grain and hog farm outside of Winkler MB. After getting his degree in Agribusiness from the University of Manitoba, he went on to work for Pioneer (now Corteva) as a Research Associate in canola breeding. In 2014 he was hired by Kroeker Farms/Poplar Grove Organics to manage their organic grain crops and has since taken a role in agronomy with a focus on organic production. Outside of work he enjoys running, camping and spending time with his young family.

Alex Boersch – Organic Producer and owner of RegenAg Solutions Inc.

Born and raised on our Family Farm (Abtshof Farms Ltd.) in Elie, Manitoba. Grew up in an entrepreneurial family where my dad expanded the farm and built Prairie Flour Mills in Elie, MB.

After Graduating High school I went to Agricultural University at EI Purpan, in Toulouse, France (2009-2015). There I did my Bachelors and Masters in Agriculture and did work placements in France, Germany and Romania (Romania was my thesis project with Soufflet Agro) as well as a semester abroad at the University of Illinois.

Afterwards I finished the farming season on the family farm before joining DG Global Inc as a  grain Trader in Toronto from January 2016 – June 2018. We specialized in trading food grain soybeans, pulses, wheat and DDGs in containers all over the world, especially in SE Asia. I returned to the farm in the fall of 2017 part time and then full time starting June 2018. In The summer of 2017 we started transitioning 1500 acres of the farm into organic (2020 will be our first organic crop). Seeing a gap in the organic market for good quality inputs and weed control equipment, in January 2018, I started RegenAg Solutions Inc. We import Hatzenbichler mechanical weed control equipment for all of Canada and sell Agriculture Solutions Inc., Ecotea and Phyter products in Manitoba.

Don Rourke – Producer

Originating from the small community of Minto MB, Don began farming in 2008 after completing college in heavy duty mechanics and Agribusiness. Don operates Rourke Farms Ltd with four family members and four employees.  Rourke Farms Ltd began transitioning 4000 acres to organic in 2017, after operating conventionally since 1980. Rourke Farms Ltd  currently has 4000 acres Certified Organic and 1000 acres in transition to organic.  Don has tried to keep Rourke Farms to remain on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability while still retaining progressive profitability in the organic sector.

Don is a proud father of three happy and healthy children, is the fire chief for the Minto Fire Department, the Mutual Aide Coordinator for the Antler River Mutual Aide district and has served as a municipal councilor.

Lorne Lix – Grain Buyer

Lorne was born and raised on a mixed farm in Southern, SK.  He received a Certificate in Accounting (with Honours) from Red River College.  Prior to joining Pipeline Foods Lorne spent numerous years in the animal feed manufacturing and then 12 years with Growers International Organic Sales Inc in a variety of roles from accounting to marketing, his role for the past 2/12 years with Pipeline Foods has been Director of Canadian Merchandising. Lorne and his wife Lisa and son Ryan live in Winnipeg, MB.  while his daughter is studying Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. He enjoys camping, hiking, cycling and traveling internationally.

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