FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manitoba Pulse Growers Association Inc. announces Francois Labelle as Interim Executive Director
Francois Labelle will be directing all aspects of MPGA activities and responsibilities under the guidance of the board of directors, including market development, policy, research, communication, liaison and strategic planning.
Carman, Manitoba – February, 10, 2014 – MPGA is pleased to announce the appointment of Francois Labelle as Interim Executive Director effective immediately. MPGA represents producers in Manitoba who grow soybeans, edible beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and faba beans and provides these producers with production knowledge, market development support and focused research results. Recently, Manitoba has seen a tremendous expansion of soybean acres in the province and a goal of MPGA is to lead soybean research and development in western Canada. MPGA would like to see edible bean and pea acres increase as well.
Francois has significant experience in the grain industry having been involved in various aspects of production, marketing and processing of pulse crops for 35 years. Throughout his career, he has been active on various boards including Prairie Fruit Growers Association, Canadian Special Crops Association, and Pulse Canada and was a founding director of the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. Francois has been involved with the MPGA board since its inception in 1984. His experience working with the MPGA board, knowledge of the pulse industry and experience in agriculture make him well suited as Interim Executive Director of MPGA. Francois can be reached at 204-745-6488 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
MPGA was founded in 1984 and represents nearly 3,000 producers in Manitoba who grow soybeans, edible beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and faba beans. MPGA’s mission is to provide pulse grower members with production knowledge and market development support, through focused research, advocacy and linkages with industry partners. MPGA is funded by a 0.5% check off levy and is governed by a board of directors, including elected active producers and appointed industry representatives.
Manitoba Pulse Growers Association Inc.
Box 1760 Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0