The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame officially welcomed four inductees Saturday at a ceremony in Toronto as part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

CAHF President Ted Menzies says this year marks their 60th Anniversary.

The 2022 inductees are Maurice Delage, Mabel Hamilton, Dr. Digvir Jayas and Ashok Sarkar.

Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Maurice Delage – Agribusiness leader, hybrid canola visionary

Maurice Delage an early believer in biotechnology, his determination fostered the development of what is today InVigor herbicide-tolerant hybrid canola that’s grown on 50% of Canada’s canola acres. He now farms with his family at Indian Head, SK, and was nominated by Ag-West Bio Inc. and the Global Institute for Food Security.

Mabel Hamilton – Ag education champion, respected beef industry leader

A teacher by training, Mabel Hamilton has made lasting contributions to the Canadian beef industry. Her lifelong career involved  the Alberta Cattle Commission, Canadian Angus Association, the Beef Information Centre, and was an early champion for traceability in the beef industry. Mabel Hamilton lives in Innisfail, AB and was nominated by the Canadian Angus Association. 

Dr. Digvir Jayas – Innovative researcher, stored grain ecosystem expert

For more than 30 years, Dr. Digvir Jayas has been the Canadian leader in agricultural research on the stored-grain ecosystem – addressing the growing need of global food security by minimizing losses in stored grain.  Dr. Digvir Jayas lives in Winnipeg, MB and was nominated by the University of Manitoba.

 Ashok Sarkar – Legendary flour miller, Canadian grains advocate

Ashok Sarkar dedicated more than 50 years to promoting the quality of Canadian wheat and grains to markets around the world. He joined the Canadian International Grains Institute (now Cereals Canada) in 1979, rising to head of milling until his retirement in 2014.  Ashok Sarkar lives in Winnipeg, MB and was nominated by Cereals Canada.

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Next year's event will be held in Charlottetown.

You can hear Glenda-Lee's conversation with CAHF President Ted Menzies below.