January 6, 2005
Germination magazine has
announced this year’s list of six forward thinking movers and
shakers in the seed industry – and they’re an inspiring group.
Hand-picked from across Canada by the staff at Germination
magazine, these GENEiuses are making an impact in the seed
The origin of the GENEius Edition stems from a need to recognize
the unsung heroes of an industry made up of a number of
different sectors, including seed growers, traders, analysts,
brokers, breeders, distributors, and suppliers. Thus, this
year’s recipients have touched the breadth of the industry.
Snobelen recognized consumer demand for
identity-preserved programs and responded by seeking
Canadian Identity Preserved Recognition System
Tregunno is President of Canada’s oldest, continually
operating seed company and oversaw the Canadian Seed Trade
Association’s role as an intervenor in a lawsuit; the
outcome of which would determine the future direction of the
seed industry in Canada and beyond.
Mathieu’s seed cleaning plant will process just about
anything, proving that diversification can grow a business
and expand opportunities for farmers.
Executive Director of the Canadian Seed Institute, Jim
McCullagh has been instrumental in bringing high
standards to third-party certification for the Canadian seed
Hodges has turned his abounding passion for canola into
a major increase in Bayer CropScience’s market share.
Ray Mazinke combined his first-hand knowledge of new
varieties with a genuine concern for customers to make
Rosenort Agro a leading Manitoba seed retailer.
“The seed industry is receiving a
lot of attention lately and the people who are making a
difference in it deserve some recognition,” says Robynne
Anderson, Publisher of Germination magazine. “Germination helps
highlight the major issues in this sector, and we are pleased to
profile these leaders.”
Germination is the magazine of the Canadian seed industry,
covering the latest technological developments, industry
advances, new varieties, regulatory issues, and breakthroughs in
research and breeding.