The Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame takes place in early April every year.

On April 5, 2017, the board was pleased to announce that two individuals had been selected for induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. They are:

Dr. Everett More from Virden, Manitoba has practised Veterinary medicine for well over 40 years. Although semi-retired, Dr. More continues to play an integral part in both the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze – two events he has proud to have been a part of for many years. His nearly five decades of involvement with the equine ranching industry in western Canada has provided significant expertise and service to the welfare of horses that contribute to women’s healthcare world-wide. He has been a supporter of local ag societies for over 50 years and remains a registered Simmental cattle breeder, is an exhibitor of Quarter horses and raises bulls and bred heifers for sale.

Neil Van Ryssel from Oakbank, Manitoba is a third generation farmer who has contributed to local, national and international agriculture communities. At the national level, Neil was a board member of the Dairy Farmers of Canada where he played an integral role in developing the first Canadian Code of Practice of the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. And fifteen years ago, as a founding member of the Western Milk Pool, Neil was instrumental in negotiating the initial agreement of this interprovincial milk income sharing plan that supports consistent milk supply, processor access to milk and a stable income for dairy farmers. Neil has remained closely involved in the Cooks Creek Conservation District where he has worked tirelessly to improve drainage and reduce crop losses for many of the area’s producers.

These two individuals will be inducted at a special ceremony to be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Airport West. The ceremony will also include the announcement of the Red River Exhibition’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year as well as the opportunity to award the Red River Exhibition Foundation’s Agriculture & Agri-Food scholarships.