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PAMI, key prairie economic accelerator, strengthened for post-COVID era with new board, wider role

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan, January 26 — The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI), the innovative prairie research and testing organization, is preparing for the post-COVID recovery with a strong new board of directors to oversee a streamlined, expanded growth strategy.

The new seven-member board provides a wide range of business acumen and experience. With their leadership, they are anticipated to help refine and strengthen PAMI’s strategic plan at this critical period and once the coronavirus crisis subsides, PAMI President and CEO Leah Olson said.

The new board members announced late last week by Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister David Marit includes:

1. Carmen Sterling, Owner, Shady Lane Farms Inc. (Chair)
2. Gunter Jochum, President, Blue Diamond Farms Ltd. (Vice-Chair)
3. Grant Adolph, Chief Operating Officer, Buhler Industries
4. Gene Fraser, Vice President, Business Development, MacDon Industries
5. Jonathan Gruel, Executive Director, Policy, Government of Saskatchewan
6. Kendra Mueller, Senior Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada
7. Jared Nelson, General Manager, Nelsons Roxboro Farm

“The new board will help us move forward with our strategic plan to expand research and testing services, which will enable the agriculture, mining and transportation sectors in North America to maximize their innovative capacity in the years ahead,” Olson said.

New strategic plan, streamlined operations

PAMI has also completed the acquisition of the assets and liabilities of WESTEST, an organization whose board in November 2020 decided to dissolve to enable a stronger PAMI that could better serve clients, particularly those in mining and transportation. This decision strengthens PAMI’s sales opportunities and its balance sheet. PAMI has been providing managerial and technical services to WESTEST since 1991. No jobs will be reduced as a result Olson confirmed.

This new, streamlined operating model reflects PAMI’s five-year strategic plan, which targets service excellence and increased revenues for testing, research and engineering. PAMI chose to focus on the transportation and mining sectors to complement its existing services for producers and the agricultural industry. These two sectors align not only with the organization’s core skills, but also with the forward-looking economy focused on autonomous machinery and the integration of electronics with other machine operating systems.

Key growth factor for Western Canada

A leader in innovative solutions for agricultural production since 1975, PAMI offers professional science and engineering services at its operations in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Research and up-to-date testing capacity have been recognized by successive provincial and federal governments for their valuable contribution to western Canadian economic growth and job-creation through the development of productive farm capacity and cutting-edge agricultural equipment and heavy machinery.

PAMI promotes the adoption of technology by innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing them with access to scientific, technical and business advice, and short-term technical services in support of advancing research and development activities.

“Over the last five years, PAMI has received funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), which we have used to support more than 50 innovators who are making a difference in agriculture, mining, and transportation.” Olson said.

PAMI also provides clients access to first-rate testing equipment, including its Arctic Test Center for extreme temperature testing, force simulation testing equipment, and a heavy-duty vehicle performance testing center.

Olson said the new board of directors and strategic advances announced will bolster PAMI’s priorities, which are summed up as enhancing sustainability and profitability in agriculture, mining, and transportation through research, innovation, adaptation, and knowledge transfer.

For additional information, please contact:
Leah Olson, President/CEO
Phone: 1-800-567-7264 ext 247

Grain Equilibrium Moisture Content Calculator

Click here to open the Grain Equilibrium Moisture Content Calculator

Grain Dryer Installation Information in Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba has developed a checklist of information required for the installation of a grain dryer in the province. Crop dryers must be inspected and certified to ensure they are set up safely before they can be used. Click here to view the checklist. 

Further, the provincial government has developed an informational bulletin for installation this year, including information about the 24-hour hotline for inspections during the peak season. Click here to read the bulletin. 

On-farm survey of Combine Grain Loss in Canola across Western-Canada – 2019

Canola is an essential crop in the Canadian Prairies and as with other crops, losses are an unfortunate part of harvest. To maximize their yields, producers need knowledge of their losses to effectively manage their harvest activities.

This project focused on obtaining a snap-shot of canola combine losses being experienced by producers across Western Canada, with a view to bringing further awareness to combine losses and educating producers on how to measure their losses.

Click here to read the summary report.

Leah Olson appointed CEO of PAMI

After an extensive search, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) board of directors is pleased to announce Leah Olson as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 13, 2020.

Leah has over 15 years of senior management experience in the agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation industries. She serves as a director or advisor to numerous organizations including: Sabanto Ag, Intelliconn and Ag West Bio. Some of Leah’s previous roles include CEO of DOT Technology Corp., CEO of SeedMaster Manufacturing, and President of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada. She also served as a Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to numerous provincial and federal ministers.

A life-long learner, Leah has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University. She brings a wealth of experience in product development in both the public and private sectors. Leah communicates fluently in French and English.

“Leah is right for the job,” said Tim Oleksyn, Chairman of the Board of PAMI. “Her strong team approach, extensive agricultural background and drive to embrace innovation will further strengthen PAMI’s strategic alliances and expand our footprints in Canada and internationally.”

“I am very excited to be joining the PAMI team,” said Leah Olson. “At this time of uncertainty, I am optimistic that by working together we can help translate applied research into meaningful products that will provide high quality jobs, and increased productivity for those we work with. PAMI’s team is uniquely positioned to do this especially in agriculture, mining and transportation.”

News release

IMII and WESTEST Join Forces to Harness the Power of Digital Technologies

A new project looks to demonstrate the power and cost‐efficiency of deploying advanced modeling and simulation tools to investigate how dust is released underground in potash mines as ore moves from the rock face to skipping to surface.

Click here to read the News Release.

Measuring and Estimating Airflow Rates From Fans

Airflow resistance in a grain bin is an important measure as it dictates how much airflow (cfm or cubic feet of air per minute) your fan is pushing into the grain.

This handout describes two methods for using airflow resistance to know or predict airflow rate.

Click here to open the“Measuring and estimating airflow rates from fans” handout.

Note: This handout should be used in conjunction with manufacturer information. (i.e. “Grain Guard Fan Guide” and the video titled “Selecting Fans for Grain Conditioning and Natural Air Drying.”


Using Supplemental Heat to Manage Grain in the Bin – FAQ

Rain, snow and cool temperatures at harvest time mean producers
must manage grain in the bin as carefully as they manage it in the field.
Adding supplemental heat to natural air drying (NAD) can be an efficient
and effective way to dry stored grain if done correctly.

Click here for the answers to some frequently asked questions about supplemental heat.

Supplemental Heating for Natural Air Drying Grain

Click  here for the Aeration vs NAD  vs NAD + heating vs Heated Air Drying presentation .

Guidebook For Straight Cutting Canola

This guidebook summarizes the results from the “Canola Direct-Cut Harvest System Development” project and includes general harvest management aspects acquired by PAMI through its years of field testings.

Click here for the Guidebook For Straight Cutting Canola