Farmer Greg Marshall has resigned from his post as president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS).
In a letter this week to APAS board members and staff, Marshall cited health reasons for his decision, which follows what the organization called a “near-fatal” heart attack he suffered at his home in Regina last week.
He was then taken for emergency surgery and is now at home under care of his doctor and family, APAS said Thursday.
APAS vice-presidents Don Connick of Gull Lake, Sask. and Arlynn Kurtz of Stockholm, Sask. have agreed to jointly assume Marshall’s duties as president until director elections at the association’s general meeting Dec. 9.
Marshall, who now leases his land at Semans, Sask., about 120 km north of Regina, had farmed with his family there since 1974. He became an APAS district representative in 2005 before being named the group’s president in 2008.
His farm included 4,500 acres of grain and oilseed crops plus cow-calf and backgrounding operations. Before joining APAS he served as a board member with the Saskatchewan Life Insurance Council (1985-90) and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (1991-93).
Marshall is also a director with the Western Grains Research Foundation, Canada Grains Council and Canadian Federation of Agriculture.