Two Brooks men inducted into Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame

By Brian Konrad/Charles Lefebvre
October 30, 2018 - 7:25am Updated: October 30, 2018 - 7:13pm


EDMONTON, AB. —  Two men from Brooks have been inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Garnet Altwasser is the co-founder of Lakeside Farm Industries in Brooks.

He was president and Chief Executive officer at Lakeside for 30 years, as it grew into the largest single-site feeding operation in Canada. He was also involved in establishing the beef packing plant in Brooks.

Altwasser was one of the first commercial adopters of Temple Grandin's cattle handling designs and was a founding director of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association.

Reached over the phone from Hawaii, Altwasser said he was honoured and humbled to be selected for the Hall of Fame.

“Agriculture and business are the things that I’ve been interested in, and when you’re recognized by the industry and peers, peers that you have worked with over the years, and had relationships with, that’s the most important,” he said.

Altwasser says it was the people who worked in the industry who are to be credited with the growth and success of the cattle industry.

“You can’t do anything like that on your own, you have to accomplish those goals with a through other people, and we were very fortunate with the number of really good people who worked with us over the years,” he said.

Ron Howard spent more than four decades as a research and diagnostic plant pathologist. 

Howard was integral to the expansion and development of research facilities at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, including the design and construction of the current state-of-the-art greenhouse research complex.

He has prepared and delivered more than one thousand articles, presentations and scientific publications during his career.

Altwasser and Howard were inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame with St. Albert greenhouse operator Dieter Kuhlmann.

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