Gerry Ritz is on his way to the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The former Member of Parliament for the Battlefords-Lloydminster area served as a federal politician for 20 years, serving as the federal Ag minister from 2007 to 2015.
Ritz said he was surprised by his nomination.
“It’s very humbling but I’m honoured to be included in this group,” Ritz said. “Certainly I have worked with all of the other members that will be inducted as well, and I look forward to the ceremony in November.”
Ritz says he’s happy about the diversity of the agriculture sector across Canada.
“We export between 50-90% of what we produce and it always astounds me, the ingenuity and innovation that comes with Canadian Agriculture,” Ritz said. “A lot of new varieties, a lot of new ways of doing things, continuous cropping, air seeders, and all those types of things.”
The induction ceremony will take place November 4th at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.