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Inductees into Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame

Jan. 15, 2014, Saskatoon, SK - Guy Lafond, Alex Kennedy and David Sefton will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame later this year.

Guy Lafond, over a 30 year career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Indian Head Research Farm, had a big impact on agriculture in Saskatchewan and internationally. He was a zero tillage pioneer and contributed greatly to the widespread adoption of direct seeding which has changed the face of agriculture in Western Canada. In the early 1990s, Guy was instrumental in the establishment of the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF) which continues to conduct applied research for farmers. Guy also worked on nutrient placement and utilization, precision agriculture and GreenSeeker technology. Guy Lafond passed away in April 2013.

Alex Kennedy, from the Little Pine First Nation north of Cut Knife, has played a leading role in the development and advancement of agriculture on reserve lands. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's School of Agriculture, he was the first chairman of the Saskatchewan Indian Agricultural board and served with Saskatchewan Indian Agriculture Program for many years. At its zenith, SIAP had created 600 viable farm units, a marketing company, a loan company and a venture capital company. Alex also played a major role in the development of many FSIN institutions. Alex Kennedy owned and managed a consulting firm and actively farmed until 2006.

Dave Sefton farms near Broadview and has been active in many farm organizations that have made a difference in the rural economy and in the lives of farmers. He was a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool delegate and director. He was the first elected chairman for the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission and is a long-serving director of the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission. Dave sits on the Flax Council of Canada and has worked hard to pilot the industry through the issue with CDC Triffid contamination. He was a director on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and is currently chair of the Western Grains Research Foundation.

Lafond, Kennedy and Sefton will join cattle producer Gary Jones of Crane Valley, dairy producer Elvin Haupstein from near Weyburn and Dale Montgomery, a stock dog handler from Maple Creek as the inductees for 2014. The induction ceremony will take place on August 2 at Saskatoon's Western Development Museum which houses the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.