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WinField United Canada is excited to announce that it has chosen three recipients for its 2017 Scholarship Award.
Michelle Pottinger of Neepawa, MB, Keegan Miller of Alliance, AB and Travis Hunter of Didsbury, AB have all been awarded $2000 in scholarship funds to put towards their post-secondary education.
“The WinField United Canada scholarship intends to assist students with the financial cost of their post-secondary education,” says Trish Kroeger, HR Business Advisor with WinField United Canada. “We recognize that continued success in agriculture is reliant on our youth, and our investment in these students in an investment in our industry.”
Keegan Miller is in his first year of the Animal Science Technology program at Lakeland College and says that this scholarship will help him to further his education in hopes of starting a successful business. “Winning the scholarship from Winfield United means a lot to me as it will help me as a student have a jumpstart in the industry to become a successful producer.” He says scholarships such as these make an impact for students enrolled in post-secondary schooling. “As a student, it is somewhat intimidating to look forward to the challenging field of agriculture and this scholarship will help to start a successful business.”
Application for the scholarship was open to first, second, third and fourth year college or university students that are enrolled in an agricultural program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. A requirement for the scholarship application was the submission of a 500-word essay discussing what technology they believe will have the biggest impact on food production in the next ten years. Below are excerpts from the essays of the selected candidates.
“Precision Agriculture has been on the rise for decades now, making huge progress in the industry. Autonomous machinery is just another important step that will improve the accuracy of our farming practices.”
“We have a finite amount of arable land on earth and therefore we must use efficient plant technologies to ensure sustainability for future generations.”
“Today’s grain farming has already adopted many computer-based systems integral to a successful operation and the use of drones in cattle production will soon be a vital aspect of the business.”