By Terry Tinkess
AgriNews Staff Writer

GUELPH – Brian Betts of Flesherton, Ontario was an accomplished dairy producer and exceptional leader in agriculture both locally and nationally. He helped drive producer run organizations to collaborate more fully and reduce duplication, which led to greater efficiency and ensured greater sustainability for producer-owned companies.

EastGen is proud to join Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. and The Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund to celebrate the 2023 winners of the memorial scholarship that bears his name.

Recently, two $1,500 scholarships were awarded to individuals who demonstrate leadership and selfless service for the betterment of their community. This year’s scholarship winners are Alexis Johnston of Perth County and Grant Barkey from Durham East. The scholarship recipients were announced at EastGen’s recent Challenge West and Challenge East dairy youth shows. Members of the Betts family and company/organization representatives took part in the presentations.

EastGen is committed to supporting youth in agriculture. Their administrative head office is located north of Guelph, Ont., and services farmer-owners across Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland. EastGen is an industry leader in genetic innovation, leading edge technology and advanced reproductive solutions. EastGen, and their two partner cooperatives located in British Columbia and Quebec, respectively, are proud owners of Semex, which is recognized as a leader in developing and marketing elite dairy and beef genetics to customers around the world.