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No-till researcher inducted into Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame

March 27, 2014, Indian Head, SK - Dr. Guy Lafond, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher and soil conservationist, was inducted into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame in Ottawa yesterday.

Lafond was honoured posthumously for his lifetime of achievement and leadership in no-till development and agronomy research by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC).

Lafond was a research scientist with the Indian Head Research Farm of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for nearly 30 years. He passed away in April 2013. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Enid Oddleifson, his son Eric and daughter Gaetane.

Throughout his career Lafond provided strong leadership and guidance to extension and research aimed at soil conservation and sustainable practices in agriculture.

One of Lafond's greatest passions was transferring research information to farmers. He developed an e-journal in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association as a way to transfer research to farmers. He could often be seen on a farmer's air seeder or combine solving a technical issue. Lafond played a leading role in establishing the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation that continues to conduct applied research for farmers.