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    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What are you waiting for? Speak up. Be an agriculture advocate - Be an AGvocate!

Saskatchewan's agriculture industry is full of opportunities-from production, research and processing to manufacturing, finance and everything in between. In fact, the industry accounts for over 50,000 jobs across the province and it continues to grow.

Since 2009, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has offered the Agriculture Student Scholarship. In 2014, the program awarded one winning scholarship valued at $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000 to students willing to speak up and tell the exciting story of the industry.

2014 Grand-Prize Winner: Josée Monvoisin

Josée Monvoisin didn't have to look far for inspiration when preparing her video application - the 17-year-old just had to step outside to her family's Gravelbourg area operation. "Our family has been farming and ranching in southern Saskatchewan for five generations," Josée says. "Throughout the years, technology has changed but our family's role in caring for the land and producing the highest quality beef and grains has largely remained the same."

She has long known she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, where she sees many opportunities due to the never-ending global demand for food.  "At the end of the day I'm choosing to further my education in agriculture because I'm passionate about finding new and innovative solutions to better farming and ranching practices in Saskatchewan," says Josée.

Josée, who is interested in agricultural entrepreneurship, will attend the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources this fall to study agribusiness.

2014 Runner-Up: Hannah Friesen

As a fifth generation farmer from Laird, SK, Hannah Friesen is proud to be following in her family's footsteps as she pursues a career in agriculture. In her submission, Hannah explained that today's youth need to step up and take a leadership role in the industry, asserting that "the agriculture industry requires the energy and fervour of youth -  it needs people who look beyond the spectrum of reality and the so called ‘possible', for it is the impossible that dazzles, that changes the world."

Upon graduation from Waldheim school this fall, she will be attending the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, where she plans to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture.  She is ready to take on an AGvocate role as she continues her education this fall - her stance is simple: "count me in!"

2014 Runner-Up: Sara Grassick

Sarah Grassick understands that agriculture isn't just farming and ranching - it is everything from research to agribusiness, stating that no matter your interests, in agriculture "there is a career for you". Grassick submitted a video application that showcased her passion and enthusiasm for the industry, stating that she "grew up with agriculture in [her] blood".

Grassick was raised on a farm near Prince Albert where she was actively involved with 4-H. This fall, Grassick will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan.

2014 Runner-Up: Miranda Heidecker

Miranda Heidecker credits 4-H for growing her passion for agriculture. Through her experience at the National 4-H Conference in Toronto, ON, Heidecker gained an understanding of what sustainable agriculture means for the future of the industry.  Her story explained how innovation has positioned Saskatchewan producers as leaders in feeding a growing world.

Growing up in the small town of Middle Lake, SK, she understands that she has a role to play in moving the industry forward, stating "we, as the generation of tomorrow, are needed to feed the world... even if I am just one of 8 billion people, I am more than excited to be a part of it." Heidecker looks forward to further exploring this exciting industry as she pursues an Animal Science major at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources this fall.


Details for the 2015 Agriculture Student Scholarship will be released in October 2014 - Stay tuned!

For more information:

Krystal Aulie, Agriculture Awareness Specialist
Regional Services Branch 
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Rm 226 - 3085 Albert Street, Regina SK S4S 0B1 
Phone: 306-798-0947 

Related Links

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the winners of the 2013 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship.

View the winning submissions from 2013.

Read the winning eassays from 2012.

  • Jessa Hughes, Eston;
  • Andrew Wolff, Liberty;
  • Lauren Reynolds, Saskatoon;
  • Sarah Wist, Central Butte;
  • Bradley Tomtene, Birch Hills;
  • Riley Scott, Nipawin;
  • Brianna Zoerb, Delisle;
  • Taryn Heidecker, Middle Lake;
  • Larissa St. Onge, Martensville;
  • Tim Fiss, Qu'Appelle.
  • Read the winning essays from 2011

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