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Scholarship Winners

2022 Grand Prize Scholarship Winner, Emily Sebastian

Emily and her family have a cow-calf operation near Montmartre, Sask. As an active leader in her community, Emily understands the importance of communication and transparency in the agriculture industry.

In her award-winning video, Emily discusses how consumers want to make sustainable choices about their food and transparency lays the foundation to build trust between the producer and consumer.

Emily will be starting her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan in the Agriculture and Bioresources – Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program where she will major in crop science.

View Emily's Submission - (YouTube video)

2022 Scholarship Runners-Up

Kristie Pedersen

Kristie is focused on contributing to the agriculture industry. She and her family operate a grain farm in Lockwood, Sask. and regularly attend Canadian Western Agribition. Kristie believes that communication and education are key to bridging the gap between farm and plate.

In her essay, Kristie shares the importance of agriculture shows, Agriculture in the Classroom and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to help consumers learn where their food comes from. Kristie feels through building connections and sharing their food story, producers can provide accurate, science-based information to help the consumer feel confident about where their food comes from.

Kristie will begin her post-secondary education at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in the Agriculture and Food Production program in Moose Jaw.

View Kristie's Submission - (PDF)

Grace Waldenberger

Grace is an active volunteer in her community and recognizes the important role agriculture plays in people's lives, whether they are connected to the industry or not. She grew up on a grain farm that has been in the family for five generations.

In her essay, Grace spoke about how more people are removed from the farm and that producers have an opportunity to connect with future generations on shared values to educate them about how the industry enriches society. She encourages producers to connect with consumers on shared values and to keep the information short, sweet and simple.

Grace will begin her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan in the Agriculture & Bioresources - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program or at the University of Lethbridge in Agriculture & Agribusiness.

View Grace's Submission - (PDF)  

Kate Axten

Kate and her family have a grain farm north of Minton, Sask. They focus on the soil and the practices that align with soil health. She feels that transparency is simply truth and that sharing the process and intentions behind agriculture practices builds trust.

In her video she shares the inspiration she feels when consumers show interest in her family's farming practices. Her family shares their food story on the product packages of the goods that come from their farm. She feels people don't fully appreciate something until they understand it. If consumers really knew what went into growing their food, they would appreciate it more.

Kate will be beginning her education at Dalhousie University in the Bachelor of Agriculture program in International Food Business (Faculty of Agriculture) and plans to spend time in Truro and the Netherlands to learn more about agriculture food and business.

View Kate's Submission - (YouTube video)

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