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Ray McVicar Named BASF Pulse Promoter of the Year

Community leader praised for growing the Canadian pulse industry.

Ray McVicar, a community leader and provincial pulse crop specialist, has been selected by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) as the 2008 BASF Pulse Promoter of the Year. McVicar, who is the Manager of Crop Production Technology with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, was selected as the 2008 recipient for the many contributions he has made to the Canadian pulse industry.

“We are pleased to announce Ray as this year’s award winner,” says Garth Patterson, Executive Director of SPG. “Ray’s contributions have helped advance the pulse and special crops industry not only in Canada, but also around the world.”

McVicar was raised on his family’s livestock and grain farm near Colonsay, Saskatchewan, and he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. After university, Ray began his professional career in the crop protection industry, where he developed new products with Hoechst Canada, and later worked as a sales manager for Cyanamid Canada.

Throughout his career, McVicar has been committed to developing the Canadian pulse and special crops industry. He has served on various pulse strategic planning committees, and his work with pulses and special crops has taken him to places such as Australia, China, India, Syria, Turkey and Bangladesh. Over the years, he has submitted more than 20 minor or emergency use registration requests for pulses and other crops. He now serves as the provincial minor use coordinator.

McVicar is also very involved in the local community, where he has served as a Cub Scout Leader, Community League Softball Coach and as director of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

The annual Pulse Promoter award is sponsored by BASF Canada, and is presented at Pulse Days in Saskatoon each January. Mark Kuchuran, Senior Technical Development Specialist for BASF Canada who presented the award says, “Ray is very deserving of this award. His fifteen-year involvement with numerous producer organizations and work with pulse and special crops is a testament to his passion for the pulse industry and for Western Canadian agriculture.”

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