New Staff and Internal Staff Changes at MPSG

Carman, MB (September 8, 2015) – Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) is pleased to welcome Laryssa Grenkow to the staff compliment as the new Research Technician. She will be helping the Production Specialist implement MPSG’s new research strategy by assisting with and/or leading research and production activities. In this new role, she will be assisting with the research program, providing oversight to MPSG’s On-Farm Network research partners, managing research reporting, assisting with production and extension activities, managing activities related to the Crop Variety Evaluation Trials, and managing MPSG’s small-plot research projects.

Roxanne Lewko will be moving from Research Program Coordinator into the Director of Communications role. She will be directing and managing MPSG’s communications and outreach strategy and activities, including Pulse Beat, the MPSG website, outgoing correspondence, CropConnect Conference, member relations events, and all things related to 2016 International Year of Pulses. Within this role, she will also be managing market development work, specifically related to food projects, and with restaurants and the food service industry. Roxanne will continue representing MPSG on Great Tastes of Manitoba.

Wendy Voogt will be moving from Administrative Assistant into the Program Administrator role, where she will be coordinating and administering MPSG’s extensive funding program. In this position, she will be assisting the Research Technician and Production Specialist with program applications and assisting with research program coordination. Wendy will continue with some of her previous administrative duties.

“Our new Strategic Plan, which will be launched later this year, has a dynamic and exciting research component, and having Laryssa on board will help us reach our goals,” says Kyle Friesen, MPSG Chair. “The Director of Communications role has been vacant since spring and we felt Roxanne would be a great fit for it, and Wendy wanted to take on more work, so we saw that as a great opportunity to support staff growth.”

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About MPSG
MPSG represents 3,800 producers in Manitoba who grow soybeans, edible beans, peas, faba beans, lentils and chickpeas. MPSG’s mission is to provide grower members with production knowledge and market development support, through focused research, advocacy and linkages with industry partners.

For more information, please contact:
Francois Labelle
Executive Director