From a news release
The nominees have been approved, and on Nov. 14, another select group of Chatham-Kent’s most accomplished individuals – both past and present – will be recognized by the agricultural community with their induction into the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees reflect the diverse industry that agriculture is and the many ways that the rural community can be served.
The inductees include:
- Dave and Brenda Baute, founders of Maizex Seeds in Tilbury and ardent supporters of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and the Chatham-Kent community.
- Jack Beardall (deceased), a pioneer in rural radio and founder of the CFCO 630 AM radio station in Chatham.
- Harry Forbes (deceased), a Tilbury East farmer who was the driving force behind the drainage and pumping systems that enabled 5,000 acres in the Jeanette’s Creek area to be farmed, and became the model for similar systems in Kent County.
- John Jordan, broadcaster and long-time voice of farming in Chatham-Kent, working for CBC Radio, CKSY, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.
- Jean Marie and Lucille Laprise, Dover Township entrepreneurs, farming innovators and ag industry supporters.
The annual ceremony takes place at Country View Golf Course on Nov. 14, with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 11:30 a.m.Tickets are $25 per person and are available by contacting Kathy Vanek at 519-683-2929.
Since its inception in 1989, the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame has inducted 182 members and has supported another 16 Chatham-Kent agriculturalists into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.