Board of Directors

Greg Newman (Board Chair)
Phone: 780.821.3578

Greg is the fourth generation to farm the “Home Place” just outside of Fort Vermilion. He grew up on a mixed grain and cattle farm but now farms only legumes, cereals and oil seeds. Greg and his wife, Deanna have raised 2 farm boys, Jonathan and Logan who are now young adults and the 5th generation to work on the land.

Greg Newman

Ernie Peters (Vice Chair)
Phone: 780.926.1788

Ernie and his wife, Shannon, and their two young boys, Shaun and Nolan, are grain producers in La Crete and Keg River. They are primarily wheat, canola, barley and yellow peas producers. 

Ernie Peters, MARA Director (in glasses)

George Krahn (Director)
Phone: 780.926.1351

George runs a family grain farm Northeast of La Crete, Alberta. He has strong interest in research and agriculture technology. George enjoys camping and fishing when time permits. And although he is not a snowbird, he loves to travel to the South during Winter. He joined the MARA Board in 2016.

MARA's Director George Krahn

Manfred Gross (Director)
Phone: 780.502.4684

Manfred is a grain Producer in the North Vermilion area. He is one of the few producers in the County who grow flax. In addition to flax, Manfred grows wheat, canola and field peas. He is also working with cover crops and his family farm includes cattle herds. He farms with his son, wife and daughter  .


Eric Jorgensen (Mackenzie County Representative)
Phone: 780.926.9605

Eric was raisedMARA's Director Eric Jorgensen on a dairy farm in Dawson Creek, BC. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Education. Between 1983 and 1987, Eric worked for herbicide companies across Saskatchewan and Alberta, eventually settling in the Peace Region. Eric worked with ADC (now AFSC) between 1987 and 1994 but then began farming full time on a mixed farm in Fort Vermilion. In the fall of 2010, Eric entered local/municipal politics and is currently a Councillor for Mackenzie County.



Brent Anderson (Industrial Representative)
Phone: 780.926.4421

Brent is theMackenzie Applied Research Manager at Richardson Pioneer elevator in High Level, Alberta. His years of experience in the grain industry and in the local area is highly valued by MARA. Off his busy schedule, Brent loves riding motorcycles.


Kelly Friesen (Director, Financial Secretary)
Phone: 780.841.4131Kelly Friesen

Kelly is a third generation farmer in the Fort Vermilion area. Together with his wife Regina, their five children and dad, Peter Friesen, Kelly grows cereals, oil seeds and legumes.