Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit awarded four agriculture scholarships Wednesday to students from across the province.
Among the recipients is Madison McNeil of Alameda. She won a runner-up scholarship for $2,000. In an essay, she explains how her family is involved in holistic management, the Environmental Farm Plan, herd health management and the Verified Beef Production Plus Program.
These programs are teaching her family how to better plan for the future by using proactive practices and have taught them how to develop more performance out of the soil and livestock, while simultaneously benefiting the environment.
“New research from the University of California recently concluded that grasslands are an even better and more resilient carbon storage option than trees. I want to further my knowledge in this field so I can help agriculture make a positive impact on the world and its people,” she said.
McNeil also demonstrates how technology has helped her family farm have a positive, trusting relationship with consumers and the public.
This fall, she plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Caylee Dorval of Glaslyn, received $4,000 toward her agriculture-related post-secondary studies as the grand-prize winner of the scholarship. She submitted a video that discusses her role in the family ranch and her pride in the beef they raise.
Morgan Davey of Delisle, and Kaitlyn Sauser of Churchbridge also received runner-up scholarships.
The scholarship program identifies young people who are advocates for agriculture and leverages their passion and ability to tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture.