A research scientist who helped develop innovations and provide detailed knowledge on the growth of forage crops was named recipient of the 2013 Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s (CFGA) Leadership Award. Gilles Belanger, specializing in physiology and agronomy of forage crops with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has “significantly contributed” to the forage industry, says Doug Wray, CFGA chair.

Belanger has also researched the winter survival of perennial crops, the potential impact of climate change to forage crops, diagnostic methods of nitrogen and phosphorus deficiency, the potential of perennial crops for biomass production on marginal lands and the benefits of legume-grass mixtures.

The leadership award was initiated in 2012 to recognize an individual, group or organization – including farmers and ranchers, agency staff, researchers, educators, and technology transfer personnel – whose leadership has had a significant positive impact on the forage and grassland industry nationally and/or internationally.

The award will be presented to Belanger at the 2013 CFGA Conference & Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Dec. 10-11 in Olds, AB. The theme of this year’s event is “Taking Forages Mainstream – Challenges, Pitfalls and Opportunities.”

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