Univeristy of Saskatchewan, Second Year MSc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics
“Growing up on Vancouver Island without a farming background meant that my introduction to agriculture started with a learning curve. In 2014, I moved to Saskatoon to study animal science at the University of Saskatchewan. For the first couple years of my education, I moved back home for the summer, where I was employed at a feed store and as a farmhand at a thoroughbred operation. Besides developing an infatuation for the racing industry and the in-field experience I craved, I really discovered that sustainability – specifically, livestock sustainability – is a complex, multi-dimensional, and dynamic goal that doesn’t have a single solution. Therefore, when I returned to school in the fall, I had a larger pool of interests. After talking to some professors and advisors, I decided to complete an agricultural economics degree, as well.
In an effort to get as much as I could from my professors, I got a job as a research student in the department, which presented the opportunity to learn how economic research is conducted and associated papers are published; as a result, my name is included on three papers investigating Canadian consumer perceptions of biosecurity. This path also pushed me into the academic route of agriculture, allowing me to proudly declare myself a masters candidate, now going into my final few months of study. I feel so privileged to be able to participate in classwork/research/discussion that involves my two career passions: livestock and economics.
I, much like most people in the industry, know that women are integral to the future success of agriculture; I am lucky to have such a strong network of such women in my life succeeding and excelling in the industry. And I know that the social component of events such as the AWC only strengthens that network so that we can progress the future of agriculture as a fully-functioning team.
I don’t have a specific career goal (as terrifying as that is to say aloud), I just know that I love this industry. More importantly, I am always excited to learn, and I know one of the best ways to do that is to immerse yourself in a diverse pool of opinions. Beyond opinions, I am looking forward to hearing about how narrow my view of agriculture is – because I know I don’t know enough. I’m hoping that the AWC allows me to figure out where my spot in the agriculture industry is, and I’m hoping by attending I can combat some of those initial networking barriers to soak in everything everyone has to share.“