Blog: The Wheat Sheaf
Direction-at-Large Election Candidate: Janine Paly
There’s more to farming than a return on investment. This is something I believe in strongly and it is a belief that I bring to both my personal and professional life.
I, Janine Paly, am running for the Director-at-Large position with the Alberta Wheat Commission.
My husband and I, with our two young daughters operate a 1100acre farm in Thorhild County. Our mixed farm consists of a cow-calf operation and we include a rotation of wheat, oats, canola and forages to optimize watershed and soil health.
The concept of sustainability is engrained in both my on-farm and off-farm career. An advocate for sustainable agriculture, I have worked closely with the Alberta Wheat Commission and other commodity groups locally and across the country during my past position as a winter wheat agronomist for Ducks Unlimited Canada.
During my time with Ducks, I watched AWC flourish into a well-respected organization that effectively serves Alberta growers – something I like to build on in the future.
I am familiar with stakeholders across the value chain as well as with governments such as Alberta Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, I am also a member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and a current board member of the Gateway Research Organization – an ARECA association based in Westlock. I hold a Plant and Soil Science Diploma from Lethbridge College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Lethbridge.
I have a passion for the continued health of rural communities and I am active parent and volunteer, bringing a wide-range of skills to each organization I am involved in - demonstrating my passion and commitment to local associations.
Over my career, I have fostered strong relationships with farmers across Alberta. With my extensive knowledge of ag extension, working on various communication and marketing strategies, and an understanding of the research and breeding programs in Western Canada, I believe with these skill - sets I would offer an unique perspective to the AWC Board.