The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is pleased to hear that Ray Robertson will be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in November.

Ray is a recognized and highly regarded champion of forage production in Canada. He has been an integral part of the CFGA since its inception in 2010. He helped create and develop the national forage organization that provides a national voice for all Canadians who produce hay and forage products and for those whose businesses are dependent upon forage and grassland production. He served as an active director in CFGA from its inception, including serving as Chair from 2015 to 2019 and as Past Chair for the organization until 2022. He is always ready to assist the CFGA with its projects in any way he can, providing an optimistic and encouraging voice that has helped the organization to grow.

The main role of the CFGA is to uphold the robust forage industry and realize the potential of the domestic and export forage market. Ray has played a major role assisting in the advancement of the forage export industry on the provincial, national and international levels.  He worked closely with the CFGA to secure Agri-Marketing funding and assisted in the coordination of numerous hay market discovery missions to the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East to investigate opportunities for Canadian hay producers.

A former dairy farmer and extension specialist, Ray developed Grey Agricultural Services Centre

to provide fee-for-service extension programs. He also serves as the general manager for CFGA’s provincial member association, the Ontario Forage Council. He was inducted into the Ontario Hall of Fame on June 11, 2023.

Ray will join Garnet Altwasser, John Bragg, Rory Francis, Marcel Groleau, Ron Helwer and Robert Irving at the 2023 induction ceremony on Nov. 4 in Charlottetown, PEI. The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (CAHFA) honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The CAHFA also publicizes the importance of inductee achievements to Canada. The Association was organized in 1960 and is administered by a 12-person volunteer board of directors residing in regions across Canada.

The CFGA extends its congratulations to Ray on this well-deserved honour.

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