Lakeland College Vermilion Campus, 2nd Year Crop Technology Diploma
I come from a third-generation grain farm south of Battleford, Saskatchewan. I have been heavily involved in the agriculture industry since I was young which played a huge role in fuelling my passion for agriculture. I’ve recognized the hard work and energy put into the industry by seeing it done firsthand by relatives, neighbors, and my own family, to doing it myself. This included cleaning grain bins, fixing machinery, driving machinery once I was old enough to do so, suggesting to dad which fertilizers or chemicals would be best suitable for our farm and soil, as well as scouting fields for possible insects, weeds, or herbicide damage.
I am currently in my second year at Lakeland College in their Crop Technology program in Vermilion, Alberta. As someone who came from a smaller community, attending a more personal, and smaller campus was one of my biggest priorities with the hopes that I can achieve the same level of education without having to go to a large university with hundreds of individuals in one classroom. The Crop Technology program has helped me develop relationships as well as knowledge of the growing agriculture industry. After graduation at the end of June, I will be further continuing my education at Lethbridge College in Alberta to pursue a diploma in Agriculture Sciences and a degree in Agronomy.
As a student who has grown up in the agriculture industry as well as going to school to continue in this particular industry, I can evidently see the changes in technology, knowledge, and skills as we learn, adapt, and grow from one another, as well as develop further understanding of the soil, crops, chemicals, and fertilizers.
This summer I had the opportunity to work as a Research Summer Student at the Rack Petroleum LTD in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I spent the majority of my summer with The Rack out in the field learning about different fertility treatments, their differences, and similarities, as well as their impacts on the soil and crops. We had dozens of treatments spread out across southwest Saskatchewan which included many hours of driving with coworkers, establishing relationships with individuals at different locations, and the farmers. I was given many opportunities to go out in the fields with agronomists and learn how they see the soil, plants, and insects from their eyes. I learned something new every single day that I will continue to apply to my future and current career in the agriculture industry.
I am interested in attending the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference because it gives me the opportunity to talk to like-minded individuals from across the country. Being able to participate in this conference would be very empowering, seeing women who are all passionate about the same industry come together to share their opinions, lifeskills, and experiences is a great way to build relationships with companies, and farmers, as well as share my own ideas with others.
I am hoping to pursue a career in agronomy after I finish my schooling and think that this conference would give me the ability to apply knowledge and skills that I might’ve not thought about before onto my career, my studies and my everyday life.