Feeding the world can be a good job
(NC)—When Franck Groeneweg immigrated to Canada from France it was with the dream of starting up his own farm. Today the 35-year-old owns 3,000 acres and runs a successful cash crop operation in Saskatchewan.
Agriculture affords Groeneweg, his wife and their four children a lifestyle they love. The children are homeschooled, which Franck says works nicely with their farming schedule.
“The kids are really a part of the farm, there are constant learning opportunities here,” he says, adding that field trips can take the form of a trip out to the field to inspect the crops.
He says sometimes there’s a misconception that you can’t make a good living in agriculture and that simply isn’t true. The road to where he is today wasn’t necessarily an easy one, but Groeneweg says it was well worth it.
“Every challenge has its own opportunities and it’s usually during challenging times that we learn the most,” he says.
He uses the need to feed more people as an example of a challenge and opportunity.
“Technology has given us tremendous advantages in terms of improving production,” he says. He cites new and improved fertilizer and crop protection products that help increase yields as well as GPS technology that allows for more precise application of inputs as examples.
Groeneweg says that while farming might not be for everyone, there are many other opportunities in agriculture outside of primary production.
“You can be an agronomist or anything else and the experience and skills you learn in agriculture can be useful in other industries,” he says.