Dr. Guy Lafond Honoured with Pulse Legacy Award
January 12, 2015
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) honoured the late Dr. Guy Lafond at their Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon on Monday, for his significant impact on soil conservation and improvements to prairie agricultural practices.
“Dr. Lafond was a respected agronomy researcher, well known for his involvement in the direct seeding movement and soil conservation,” says SPG Director Lee Moats. “Pulse growers continue to reap benefits from the agriculture advancements he made as part of his research career.”
Dr. Guy Lafond was an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher and soil conservationist that, over his lifetime, made significant advancements related to zero-till development and agronomy research that has altered the way pulses are grown in the province. He came to Saskatchewan via Manitoba, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a master’s degree, before earning his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan.
Lafond played a pivotal role in establishing the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF) in the early 1990s. Today IHARF is one of the most successful technology transfer and extension centres in Western Canada. Dr. Lafond believed strongly in extension work and spoke around the world about his research and how soil, weather, and plants all work together within our modern systems.
Dr. Lafond is the second person to receive the Pulse Legacy Award. Dr. Alfred Slinkard was presented with the award in August of 2013, recognizing him as one of the founders of the Saskatchewan pulse industry. The award is intended to honour individuals who have made industry-changing contributions to the Canadian pulse industry throughout his or her career.