By Shayla Hertz, BSA, AAg, Agriculture Awareness Intern, Regional Services Branch
The 2017 Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) has officially began, and with that, so has the third annual
thinkAG Career and Education Expo! Not only is CWA one of the largest livestock shows in Canada, but it is one of the most outstanding agricultural marketplaces in the world, making it an idealistic place to host the thinkAG Career and Education Expo.
Hosted by Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, the thinkAG Career and Education Expo promotes the diversity of career and post-secondary opportunities in agriculture to students, while also providing teachers with the ability to meet curriculum objectives in an exciting and interactive environment.
This four day career and education experience features morning and afternoon workshops, with each workshop hosting approximately 70 students. During the workshops, students move through seven career exploration stations, each of which focuses on a different career pathway in agriculture. Each station is led by an industry representative and incorporates a hands-on activity that highlights careers within that field, while also illustrating what a day in the life of that career could look like. Stations include: thinkAgronomy (Hawk's Agro, Canola Council of Canada, and Synergy AG), thinkAnimal Science (Western College of Veterinary Medicine), thinkAgriculture Technology and Trades (Crop Command Agronomy), thinkFood Science (Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture), thinkAgribusiness (K. Ag Growing Farm Profits Inc., Federated Co-op, and AdFarm), thinkResearch and Innovation (Dow AgroSciences) and thinkSupply Chain (Cargill).
It is vital that the ample opportunities in the agriculture industry, whether in farming or food production, are communicated to young people as they decide what their future holds. We want their careers to begin and end in agriculture! The thinkAG Expo helps students explore the many facets of agriculture, while hearing from those of us working in the industry who are proud to tell our career stories and explain why agriculture is the best place to be.
Are you planning on attending CWA this week? Come check out the action at the thinkAG Career and Education Expo, located in the Upper Mezzanine of the Co-operators Centre.
If you are a teacher interested in learning more about how this Expo can fit with your classroom, or an agriculture industry worker wanting to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s Expo, please contact Leah Hermanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.