Two Westman businessmen were inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Thursday for their contributions to agriculture in the province.
Ron Helwer of Brandon and Bob McNabb of Minnedosa joined three others as the new inductees at a ceremony in Portage la Prairie.
The inductees were nominated and evaluated on criteria that included local, provincial, national and international impact, service to agriculture and home life, lasting influence and innovative contributions.
McNabb was nominated by the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association. He owned and operated a zero tillage farm north of Minnedosa for 36 years.
He also spent time in Zimbabwe co-ordinating a CIDA-funded agriculture project, and has helped write manuals about zero tillage practices and conservation farming.
He currently owns Minnagro Ltd. feed mill in Minnedosa.
Helwer manages Shur-Gro Farm Services. His hall of fame biography describes him as an innovator and supporter of new agriculture technologies.
Nominated by his family and colleagues, Helwer has owned or managed at least four agribusinesses in Manitoba since 1952.
Both Helwer and McNabb have been recognized by many different organizations for their work in agriculture.
The other 2014 inductees include Waldie Klassen of Steinbach, Don Kroeker of Winnipeg and Bill Siemens of Winkler.
The Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to acknowledge people who have made significant and outstanding contributions to agriculture in Manitoba.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 18, 2014