February 13, 2020

This program has, thus far, allowed me to attend a leadership conference which focused on enabling effective communication between the mentees of the program and allowed the mentees to practice these skills. I found this workshop to be highly beneficial as a tool for analyzing potential communication problems not only in one’s workplace but also in everyday life. This was importa...

November 14, 2019

(Calgary, Alberta) November 14, 2019 – The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions would like to congratulate Jordyn Prior of Irma, AB, who has won the third-annual AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program essay contest.

“I am ecstatic to have won the Advancing Ag Essay Contest,” said Prior, who works as an Economic Developer for Flagstaff County. “I can’t wait to share my passion with oth...

October 15, 2019

My name is Candy Roberts and I am a mother of two beautiful little girls, a wife, a farmer and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA). I am passionate about the agriculture industry and feeding the world and the success of farm businesses, in particular the “family farm”.  I have just completed my second maternity leave and have had a lot of time to reflect on the future o...

October 15, 2019

My name is Matija Stanic. I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the time of Yugoslavia. My family and I moved to Canada as refugees in 1996 due to the civil that was taking place in Bosnia at the time. We lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for four years at which time my father got employed in Calgary, so we moved. I make it a habit to visit my extended family still living in the Balkan...

October 15, 2019

Hey Everyone! My name is Jordyn Prior and I am so excited to be a part of the Advancing Ag program. I grew up on a mixed farming operation consisting of purebred Angus cattle and grain North of Irma, AB. The very first time my dad allowed me to lay with a new-born calf at the age of 5 in the stall of our barn, was the day I become increasingly passionate about farming and what it...

August 7, 2019

Over this past year, I have had the opportunity to travel to different places in Alberta to diversify my knowledge about agriculture. I’ve had an incredible journey meeting new people that have made a huge impact in agriculture, learning new technologies that are advancing agriculture, and obtaining skills that I can implement into my family farming operation.

The variety of thing...

August 2, 2019

As the Advancing Ag program draws to a close and I finalize my roadmap for the last year, I look back on the opportunities I was presented the last 12 months.

A program highlight for me was the three day conference in November that focused on communication and leadership, and was also a great opportunity to get to know the 7 other mentees.  The Leadership Centre out of Calgary ran...

July 30, 2019

First, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the sponsors for providing us with the opportunity to participate in the Advancing Ag program. For those of you who are not familiar, the Advancing Ag program pairs young industry professionals with a mentor for the year. During this time, frequent meetings and discussion with your mentor will help shape your path in the agricultu...

May 23, 2019

The AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program is a great way to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It allowed me to answer five key objectives in Marketing Communications.

My first objective was to participate in the creation and implementation of a marketing communication plan within AdFarm. My mentor, Ben Graham, connected me to Megan Morozoff, Account Manager within AdFarm. W...

April 12, 2019

The world of plant genetics and breeding is on the horizon of monumental change. There has been significant attention in the media regarding the use of gene editing and how it could impact the future of agriculture. By the year 2050, farmers will be responsible for feeding approximately 9.8 billion people. One major limitation of feeding 9.8 billion people is the increased demand...

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