On October 5th at a Gala Banquet, “Dr “Copper” Ieuan Evans was inducted into The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in recognition for his outstanding contributions to our Agriculture Industry.
Celebrating with his family, friends and business associates, Ieuan gave a “short” acceptance speech. Like a true leader, Ieuan expressed his thanks to the many government, municipal, industry and volunteer team players he worked with on the many projects that highlighted his amazing career. "I worked with so many great people on so many great projects, it is hard to fathom everything we accomplished and continue to benefit from."
And it is an extensive list and includes:
• Alberta Bacterial Ring Rot of Potatoes Prevention Program
• Alberta Blackleg of Canola Prevention Program
• Alberta Fusarium Head Blight Prevention
• Pioneering the use Copper fertilization in Field Crop Production
• Diagnostic Field School
• Sclerotinia Stem Rot in Canola
• Provincial Dutch Elm Disease Prevention Program
• Fireblight in Fruit Trees
Ieuan, after a distinguished 35-year career with Alberta Agriculture as Provincial Plant Pathologist, has spent the last 10 years working with Agri-Trend Agrology Ltd as a Senior Agri-Coach where he continues to challenge conventional wisdom with his superior diagnostic skills for noticing the overlooked.
Ieuan has written and contributed to hundreds of documents, articles, papers including invaluable contributions to Diseases of Field Crops in Canada but he is likely best recognized for his work on the role of copper in crop production.
The farmers and the ag-industry continue to enjoy his somewhat irreverent manner and flock to hear him speak. Ieuan loves to work in the field where he can put his years’ of experience to work.
Gala attendees were served dinner made with Alberta products and finished with a cheesecake dessert topped with “Evans Cherry” compote from his Alberta-developed Evans Cherry trees, which have sold in the millions across Canada and the US.
Ieuan lives in near Devon, Alberta where he breeds Martagon lilies and tinkers with many other plant species.
Dr Evans – congratulations to your well-deserved induction to The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame!