Martin Provencher – 2023 Robertson Associate Award

Born on a dairy farm, Martin drove tractors for his dad. In school, he imagined being a farmer – his erasers were threshing machines, and the cracks on his desk were his divided fields. At 18, he worked in Alberta drilling wells for five years.

At 30 years old, Martin started farming via Land rental and seed contracts. He purchased 100 acres of land in 1994 in the Bécancour, Trois-Rivières region of Quebec. Expanding ever since, he now has over 1500 acres of farmland, producing corn, soybeans and wheat/oats, 753 acres of woodland and 173 acres of leased land.

Martin was a Director with Les Producteurs de semences du Québec for 21 years, from 2001 to 2022, Vice President from 2009 to 2011, and President from 2011 to 2022. He was on the CSGA National Board as a director from 2011 to 2021.

Martin’s wife is a teacher. They have two children, a 20-year-old daughter and future agronomist and an 18-year-old son whose interests include farming, motocross, and snowmobiling.