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The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture awards a grand-prize scholarship of $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships of $2,000 for students who thinkAG. The 2017 entrance scholarships were available to students in Grade 12 and recent graduates pursuing agriculture-related post-secondary studies this year. Applicants had to produce a creative video or write a well-researched, fact-based essay with the theme ‘Our Food Has a Story.’ This is the seventh year the scholarships have been awarded.
Grand-Prize Scholarship winner, Amanda Mitchell
Amanda’s food story begins in Bracken, Saskatchewan, where she lives and works with her family on their grain farm. Through her winning video submission, Amanda takes her viewers on a journey as she tells the story of a piece of bread, showcasing her farm’s role in wheat production from seeding to harvest and beyond. Amanda wanted to connect agriculture to food. She also wanted to highlight advancements in agriculture that allow her family’s farm to feed over 120 people as a result of technology. That’s 12 times more than the average farm could feed in 1900.
“With so many misconceptions and myths surrounding agriculture, I wanted to show how food comes from real farms with real people,” she said.
In 2014, Amanda attended the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, where more than 200 exceptional high school students from across the world are selected each year to participate. It was here that Amanda really discovered her passion to find solutions to feeding the growing global population.
Amanda will be attending the University of Saskatchewan this fall to study Agronomy. She is looking forward to new challenges that will combine her passion for agriculture with her love of learning.
Here is Amanda's video essay:
Inspired by her strong love for animals and agriculture, Rachael created a video to showcase her family’s dairy facility in Osler, Saskatchewan. Rachael’s video highlights the many important people that play a role in milk production: the farmers who grow the feed, the employees who work at the facilities, the veterinarians who provide health care, the individuals that test, pasteurize and process the milk and the transporters who deliver the milk to stores. She also mentioned some of the changes that have occurred over the years and how farmers today are producing more milk using fewer resources.
In September, Rachael will be studying Animal Science at the University of Saskatchewan where she wants to learn about animal care and production by looking at housing, nutrition and breeding.
View Rachael’s Video:
Dena currently lives in the city of Regina, but spent a lot of time on her grandparents’ farm growing up. She was inspired to pursue a career in agriculture after attending a thinkAG career event where she discovered the impact that agriculture has on the world.
Dena’s video focuses on what she hopes to learn in her post-secondary education and how she plans to contribute to growing healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
Dena will be beginning her studies at the University of Saskatchewan where she will work toward her degrees in Crop Science and Food and Bioproduct Science.
View Dena’s Video:
Brayden’s experiences both on and off the farm have shaped his personal food story. Brayden works part-time on his family farm near Churchbridge, Saskatchewan. Agriculture has always been a part of Brayden’s life and his perception of the world was shaped by his experiences on the family farm.
In 2016, Brayden was selected to attend the Global Youth Institute Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. This experience changed his perspective of food security and provided the focus for his essay. Brayden considers himself a food security activist and believes that educating others is essential.
Brayden is attending the University of Saskatchewan in September to work toward his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. With a passion for food security, he wants to learn how to maximize food production in an efficient, economic and environmentally friendly way.
Download Brayden’s Essay
Congratulations to Amanda, Rachael, Dena and Brayden.