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Manitoba soil specialist receives crop advisor award

Winnipeg, Man. - John Heard, long-time soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Carmen, was recognized in December at the Manitoba Agronomist's Conference for his significant contributions to agronomy on the Canadian Prairies.

John Heard was given the Certified Crop Advisors' 2013 John Harapiak Prairie Pioneer Award during the conference, which was held at the University of Manitoba.

Heard has led soil fertility research and extension work with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development since 1996. Previously he worked in extension in Ontario's agriculture department.

The John Harapiak award is named after the former chief agronomist and prominent researcher with Westco Fertilizers, who helped create the Certified Crop Advisors program in the mid-1990s.