While Saskatchewan has many veteran farmers, the province’s next generation is showing that, through innovation, they will lead the agriculture industry into the future. Jeff and Ebony Prosko of Rose Valley, who are raising a young family while operating a 4,500-acre grain and oilseed farm, are perfect examples. In 2014, Jeff and Ebony partnered with his family to open ProSoils Inc., an independent agriculture retail business that carries a full line of seed, fertilizers and crop protection products.
Despite both growing up in the northeast area of the province, which has a strong agricultural sector, Jeff and Ebony had very different upbringings. Jeff was raised on a farm and has always been the happiest when working the land. He received a diploma in agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan before farming. Ebony operated a massage therapy studio for nearly nine years.
When the couple got married in June of 2012, they decided to settle down on the farm. Seeing her husband’s passion for farming made Ebony fall in love with it. When she drove a combine for the first time, her passion for farming grew even stronger.
Through their farm and family business, the Proskos are making a difference in the industry. Using technology such as variable rate fertilizer and seed application, they are delivering the best yields and quality when it comes to their crops. Jeff works the land, while Ebony manages the farm’s accounting. Jeff and Ebony also spend lots of time with their daughters, Harper and Londyn, and even strap their children’s car seats into the tractor or combine to let them ride along.
In honour of their dedication to the agriculture industry, Jeff and Ebony received the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) award for Saskatchewan, earning the right to represent the province at the OYF nationals. They were honoured to win the award, particularly because the Rose Valley area is home to many alumni.
The Proskos encourage the next generation to consider farming as a career. When he’s not farming, Jeff lends his time to groups focused on networking and education. Both he and Ebony believe the agriculture industry has many opportunities for young farmers.
Other careers in Agribusiness: Sales Professional, Marketer, Business Manager, Consultant, Policy Analyst, Market Analyst, Accountant, Financial Advisor and many more.
Other careers in Primary Production: Farmer, Rancher, Herdsperson, Irrigation Manager, Farm Operator, Entrepreneur and many more.
Where to take courses: University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Regional Colleges.
Average Yearly Salary: $59,467
Job Prospects: Average
Go back to the Agribusiness or Primary Production Overview page to see more careers related to Jeff and Ebony’s or visit SaskCareers.ca.
*All salaries are based on the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey Report"