Feed­ing the world can be a good job

Stanstead Journal - - TOWNSHIP'S TAGRICULTURE -

(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.

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