Cherilyn Nagel along with her husband David and family, are farming in Mossbank, Sk and grow durum wheat, chick peas, canola and lentils. They are proud parents of 2 young farm girls.
Cherilyn holds a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing from Medicine Hat College, and a Diploma in Agriculture Business (Finance Major) from Olds College. Cherilyn was employed as the first Rural Economic Development Officer for the town of Mossbank from 2002-2006.
In 2004, Cherilyn was elected as President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and after a successful 5 year term she remains a director on the current board. After lobbying for the end of the Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly, Cherilyn considers signing the first durum contract on the open market in December of 2011, to be one of her career highlights as a farmer.
Since 2008, Cherilyn has been appointed to the Agriculture Development Fund through the Sk. Ministry of Agriculture. The ADF provides project funding of nearly $14M per year on a competitive basis to researched in public and private research and development. The funding is provided to create future growth opportunities and to enhance the competitiveness of the provincial ag industry.
Also since 2008, Cherilyn has been appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture as Chair of the Sask Agri Value Initiative (SAVI) which enables the development and expansion of small to medium sized enterprises or producer/processor organizations in their efforts to add value to Saskatchewan grown crops and products. She has recently stepped down from the Ministry appointments to explore other board opportunities in the Ag sector.
In 2014, Cherilyn was awarded the Queen’s Bench Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Cherilyn was appointed to board of The Saskatchewan Bus Company (STC) in 2016 and she is grateful for having been part of the successful wind down of the Provincial Crown Corp. She had recently accepted an appointment to the board of SaskPower.
Cherilyn is a recent graduate of the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Cherilyn has traveled extensively around the world and had the opportunity to represent the Wheat Growers views on International Trade while participating in the World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meetings in Hong Kong. Traveling abroad has given her a unique perspective on the Western Canadian agriculture industry.
Cherilyn has just recently been appointed to sit as an International Director on the board for the Global Farmer Network.
She is currently working with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan to facilitate training sessions for other farmers on the topic of sharing a positive message about the sustainable food grow in her home province and across the country.
The goal is to help connect enthusiastic farmers with companies and local organizations who would like presentations and/or to have conversations related to modern farming practices.