April, 2013:  Congratulations are in order for Wilfred (Butch) Harder of Lowe Farm, Manitoba for his induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.  Butch is a farm activist and community builder with few equals.

For a number of years his peers elected him to the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Wheat Board.  Butch was a founding Director on the farmer-elected Canadian Wheat Board representing District 10 in Manitoba.  He also served as a Manitoba Pool Director for 12 years and as a director for the Canadian Cooperative Association.  Among other things, Butch now serves on the Board of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. Butch

Many know Butch as an insightful and practical man with a good eye for nonsense and anything which does not serve the interests of farmers and their communities.

His warm personality and sense of humour also make Butch one of that rare breed of people who can take a strong position without offending those with less knowledge or experience.

Individuals judged to have made a significant and lasting contribution to agriculture in Manitoba during their lifetime are honoured with this appointment.  Butch has certainly contributed not only to Manitoba but his work has benefitted all farmers across the prairies.

The 2013 Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on July 10th at the Winkler Mennonite Church, 31 Willowdale Crescent, Winkler, Manitoba R6W 1G7.

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