Helm, Dr. James Henry - 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee

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 Helm, Dr. James Henry - Hall of Fame Inductee
Dr. Jim Helm, "a practical scientist for the practical farmer". A background in livestock production enabled Jim to understand the needs of livestock producers. Establishing and developing the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe, his research has grown into one of the most productive cereal breeding programs in Canada with a worldwide reputation for scientific excellence, productivity and innovation. His work in the development of feed grains with improved levels of protein and energy digestibility has led to the creation of 23 new varieties of barley and triticale. Of particular importance was the development of new high yielding hulless barley and semi-dwarf barley varieties for Alberta producers. His work in Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) has advanced this rapid, cost effective and non-destructive method of analyzing whole grain samples. Respected internationally, Jim's efforts were instrumental in the development of the Canada/Alberta Barley Agreement and the formation of the Alberta Barley Commission.

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