My experience with Advancing Ag
By Roddy Campbell
Being a part of the Advancing Ag program has been a great benefit both personally and professionally. The resource and tools provided progressed my understanding and connection with Alberta grain producers and has allowed me to connect with farmers on a deeper level. Working with my mentor Bill Chapman, I had a great source to increase my knowledge of plant physiology and agronomy that I normally wouldn’t have access to working in the financial world of agriculture. The experience I gained in the past year has had tremendous benefits increasing my technical understanding of Western Agriculture. One highlight of Advancing Ag is the leadership conference. A great part of the program is getting to know the other mentees. It's refreshing meeting people with such a broad range of experiences and backgrounds with a common passion for agriculture. I learned a lot working with mentees with science and technical backgrounds, having in-depth conversations on aspects of agriculture that I normally would not come across. Similarly, having the opportunity to present is another highlight of the program. It's rare these days to have a platform to deliver a meaningful message to farmers and industry representatives. I was fortunate enough to present at a Rural Roots day in front of dozens of producers regarding the disconnect between urban and rural relations. This type of platform is so valuable at a time where it's difficult to find opportunities to connect with farmers on a larger scale.
Overall, I cannot say enough good things regarding the Advancing Ag program. The program does a fantastic job balancing structure and creativity while supporting the overall goal, advancing young leaders in agriculture. The exposure and network created through Advancing Ag has been invaluable for my development by personally and professionally.