AGRI-TREND Agrology Ltd. Welcomes New Sr. Agr-Coach, Jim Bessel!
Jim was raised on a mixed family farm in east central Saskatchewan, where he own and managed a grain and dairy operation during the 70’s and early 80’s.
Jim has worked with the Canola Council Canada (CCC) team since 1986 and officially joined the council in 1990 as an agronomist. From 1986 to 1989, he worked with the Grow with Canola program as a technician, finishing the program under the Saskatchewan Canola Growers as their Research Manager. From 1990 to 2002, he developed the Canola Production Centre (CPC) program in Saskatchewan as the CCC agronomist. This included conducting field-scale applied research and demonstration trials. In 1994, he became the CCC Senior Agronomist and Eastern Prairie Regional Manager, responsible for all aspects of the CPC program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, along with providing assistance in Alberta and the Peace region. This included leading a team of agronomists and technicians. From 2002 to 2006, following the conclusion of the CPC program, he was involved in the development and implementation of a new extension format for CCC, called the Canola Advantage program.
Since 2006 to his retirement in 2012, Jim worked as Senior Agronomy Specialist and Project Leader, responsible for harvest and storage management, focusing on special projects, such as combine clinics held across Western Canada. Jim led special projects, involving air drill clinics and the Prairie-Wide Pest Monitoring program. In addition, since the beginning of the Canola Watch program, he had provided agronomic information in many facets to the North and North East region of Saskatchewan.
Jim has developed and ensured the implementation of agronomic programs through many facets of extension. He was a very visible spokesperson for the Canola Council of Canada. He has always worked and continues to work with all stakeholders within the canola industry to enhance profitability and production.
Since his semi-retirement Jim continues to pursue his passion of production agriculture as a contactor.