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Scholarship Winners

2018 Grand-Prize Scholarship winner, Emma Hinz

Born and raised on a farm near Muenster, Emma Hinz could name the crops in her family’s fields before she could read.

In her grand-prize winning essay, Emma explains her food story as it relates to riding in the swather, making meals, and doing whatever she could to help on the family farm.

Growing up with Type I diabetes and celiac disease, Emma also understands how food technology impacts how and what people eat. When Emma was first diagnosed with celiac disease 12 years ago, her mother began experimenting in their garden with quinoa and amaranth as potential gluten-free alternatives. However, the process was too time consuming for a small operation.  “It’s given me a great appreciation for process that goes into producing our food, and advancements that have changed the world,” she said.

Her personal experiences have also made her a fierce advocate for a better public understanding of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In her essay, Emma explains how she hopes to use her own story to help people understand the truth behind science and farming.

Emma is taking her passion for food science and turning it into a career. She will attend the University of Saskatchewan this fall to pursue her degree in Agriculture and Animal BioScience.

Download Emma’s Essay

2018 Scholarship Runners-Up

Crystal Daniel

Raised on a mixed farm near Avonlea, Crystal Daniel developed a passion for animal agriculture at an early age.

In her winning video submission, Crystal walks viewers through her food story and shows what it takes to run a successful cattle operation. Each year, March 10th marks the beginning of calving on her family farm. Everyone in her family takes turns checking on the cows, using drones and cameras as reinforcement.

Once the calves are weaned and sold at the end of summer, Crystal’s able to learn more about the health and safety of the animals through showing cattle and being involved 4-H. Her passion for animals is guiding her career path. Next fall, Crystal plans to attend the Animal Science and Technology program at Lakeland College.

“Agriculture has always helped lead the world in innovation. I’m excited to be a part of this change as I attend Lakeland College in the fall. Until then, I’ll continue to ThinkAg,” she said.

Kati Culbertson

Raised on her family farm near Redvers, Kati shows viewers the impact modern farming and ranching techniques play on food and animal safety.

“Growing up on a farm has made me very grateful for the food on my table because I know the amount of energy and time that goes into growing crops and raising animals,” she said.

In addition to her work on the family farm, she also works at her local veterinary clinic. Both experiences have taught her the value of creating healthy, low stress environments for livestock and how technology, such as cameras and medical food, keep them healthy.

Kati also demonstrates how technology has helped her family farm have a positive environmental impact.  By using a bale shredder to create food for their livestock to reduce waste and manure to fertilizer their pastures, they are doing their part.

This fall, Kati plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Laura Carruthers

Laura’s’ food story starts at the dinner table. In her winning essay, she describes sitting down to the dinner table and knowing where her roast beef, potatoes and vegetables come from.

Her family runs a Black Angus cattle operation. When they begin calving, Laura plants the family garden. As the calves grow, so does her crop of peas, beans, carrots, lettuce, Saskatoon berries and raspberries.

 “I am fortunate enough to have fresh food available from a garden in the summer months and the ability to know that the beef I eat with super was raised with care. But for the average Canadian, this is not the case,” she said.

In addition helping out on the family farm, Laura is a dedicated 4-H member. She’s held many positions, including president, vice president, reporter and treasurer.

Laura is a passionate advocate and looking forward to a career where she can help educate the public about Saskatchewan-grown food.  This fall, she will be attending the University of Saskatchewan.

Download Laura’s Essay


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