Funding Partners

Forage U-Pick is a cooperative effort across Canada.

Content supported by these past projects

Without the hard work and evolution of previous projects, Forage U-Pick would not have been possible. Forage U-Pick builds on the success of previous initiatives in order to better serve the forage industry. The federal, provincial, and industry funders and supporters of past projects are gratefully acknowledged.  

A dedicated team of forage professionals contributed to the successful build of Forage U-Pick

British Columbia

  • Chris Zabek (lead) – BC Ministry of Agriculture
  • Lavona Liggins – BC Ministry of Agriculture
  • Sandra Burton – Peace River Forage Association
  • Allen Dobb – Consultant
  • Talon Gauthier – Peace River Forage Seed Association
  • Lori Vickers – BC Ministry of Agriculture


  • Glenn Friesen (lead) – Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
  • Tim Clarke – Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
  • Charlotte Crawley – Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Mae Elsinger – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Pam Iwanchysko – Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
  • Jane Thornton – Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development


  • Julie MacKenzie – Project Coordinator
  • Terry Kowalchuk (lead) – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • Jeremy Brown – Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Tamara Carter – Saskatchewan Forage Council
  • John Hauer – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • Bill Houston – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Kerry LaForge – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Shannon McArton – Saskatchewan Forage Council
  • Sarah Sommerfeld – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • Sara Tetland – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture


  • Karin Lindquist (lead) – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Darren Bruhjell – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Andrea Hanson – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Nityananda Khanal – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Grant Lastiwka – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Nora Paulovich – Northern Peace Applied Research Association
  • Karin Schmid – Alberta Beef Producers
  • Dianne Westerlund – Chinook Applied Research Association


  • Patricia Ellingwood – Ontario Forage Council
  • Christine O’Reilly – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
  • Donna Hancock – University of Guelph
  • Birgit Martin – Ontario Forage Council
  • Terry Nuhn – Ontario Forage Council
  • Scott Bowman – Ontario Forage Council
  • Fritz Trauttmansdorff – Ontario Forage Council
  • Joan McKinlay – Ontario Forage Council
  • Lawrence Levesque – Ontario Forage Council
  • Joe Dickenson – Ontario Forage Council


  • Christian Duchesneau – Synagri
  • Serge Pageau – Conseil québécois des plantes fourragères
  • Marie-Noëlle Thivierge – Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
  • Régimbald Geneviève – MAPAQ ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
  • Annie Claessens – Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
  • Gilles Gagné – Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité           
  • Huguette Martel – MAPAQ ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec


  • Amy Higgins – Maritime Beef Council
  • Jason Wells – New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry
  • Shane Wood – Perennia
  • Les Halliday – Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land
  • Tanya Dykens – Agriculture Agrifood Canada

Forage U-Pick extends immense gratitude and appreciation to the past and present forage plant breeders whose lifetime of dedication provides the foundation of knowledge for forages in Western Canada—thank you for continuing to take the time to find the answers. In particular, thank you Surya Acharya, Bruce Coulman, Alan Iwaasa, Mike Schellenberg, and Bill Biligetu for assistance with Forage U-Pick.

To all those that came before us, and all those that will come after us.

The Eastern Canadian Forage portion of Forage U-Pick would like to acknowledge the following:

The Eastern Canadian Forage portion of Forage U-Pick was carried out with financial assistance from the 2018-2023 Innov’Action agroalimentaire program under the Canada-Quebec Agreement for the Implementation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Eastern Canadian Forage portion of Forage U-Pick is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. The views expressed in the publication are the views of the collaborators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Province.

The Eastern Canadian Forage portion of Forage U-Pick was funded through Pan Atlantic collaboration from the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island with Canadian Agricultural Partnership support.