A competency-based volunteer Board of Directors leads Farming Smarter. They direct the organization through careful thought, meaningful discussion, and the establishment of written policies. Directors provide long-term guidance so staff can focus on the day-to-day business.
Farming Smarter drives innovation in agriculture by bridging ideas and people, conducting practical research, and sharing unbiased knowledge & wisdom.
We apply, adapt, and encourage adoption of innovative crop technologies and management practices that make farming successful while sustaining environmental, social and economic health.
Each year, we dedicate a day to our strategic plan with all our board and staff members present to discuss the outlined goals and actions to achieve.
We always keep an eye on the short, medium, and long-term goal of the organization while reviewing its immediate past. This keeps our strategic plan on course and allows for leaps forward or direction changes if necessary.View The Full Strategic Plan
board of directors
Our Board ensures we remain competent, fiscally responsible, and relevant to crop production professionals. Each director serves a 3-year term, up to a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board of Directors serve as the voting members of Farming Smarter and shall consist of no less than 6 directors, with no less than half the Board being primary producers.
Our directors must be over the age of 18 and a resident of one of these Alberta municipalities – County of Lethbridge, County of Taber, Cardston County, Warner County, Forty Mile County, Cypress County, Newell County, Vulcan County, Willow Creek MD, Foothills MD, Ranchland MD, Pincher Creek MD plus cities & towns within.
The Board developed a skills matrix to guide recruitment. This ensures that Farming Smarter has a diverse skillset that includes key competencies. Director applicants, such as producers, and other stakeholders with desirable skill(s) interested in furthering the objectives of the organization should contact us.
Areas Of Competency Desired For The Board:
Law/Contract Development & Review
We thank all past, present, and future Directors for their contributions.
Producer Mercer Seeds Ltd
Lethbridge County, AB
Cropping System Specialist at FarmWise Inc.
Lethbridge County, AB
Agriculture Manager at BDO LLP
Owner AJM Seeds
Owner Collaborative Strategies Consulting
Producer Kolk Farms
Picture Butte, AB
Producer Stamp Seeds
Producer Holtman Farms Ltd.
Will Van Roessel
Producer Specialty Seeds
Bow Island, AB