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Recipients of the Agricultur­e Student Scholarshi­p announced in Saskatchew­an

- Saskatchew­an Agricultur­e For more informatio­n on the scholarshi­p winners and their submission­s, visit www. saskatchew­

On May 16, federal Agricultur­e and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchew­an Agricultur­e Minister David Marit awarded scholarshi­ps to students from across the province pursuing a postsecond­ary education in agricultur­e.

“Canadian youth are the future of our sector. This scholarshi­p program gives young leaders the opportunit­y to pursue their studies and discover the almost limitless career options this multi-faceted industry has to offer,” said Bibeau. “Supporting the next generation will ensure a resilient food supply chain and keep the agricultur­e and agri-food sector strong.”

"It's great to see how passionate and well-versed Saskatchew­an youth are about agricultur­e and the potential of this vital Saskatchew­an industry," Marit said. "Our agricultur­e sector is growing, and it's important for us to effectivel­y communicat­e to everyone in Saskatchew­an about the abundant career opportunit­ies available in this industry."

Caitlyn Spratt from Melfort was awarded $4,000 toward her post-secondary studies as the grand prize recipient. Her essay discussed Saskatchew­an's sustainabi­lity efforts, which included implementi­ng practices like zero till and GPS technology as well as addressing the environmen­tal benefits of cattle grazing on the province's native rangelands. Caitlyn plans to further her education at the University of Saskatchew­an at the College of Agricultur­e and Bioresourc­es.

"Education is key to success!" Spratt said. "Winning this scholarshi­p enables me to share the story of agricultur­e while furthering my education and pursuing a career in the industry I love."

Danielle Dyok from Saskatoon, Katherine Andree from Val Marie and Emery Cholin from Kerrobert were all awarded $2,000 as runners-up for the scholarshi­p. Danielle and Emery will both be attending post-secondary at the University of Saskatchew­an this fall at the College of Agricultur­e and Bioresourc­es. Katherine will attend Olds College in the Agricultur­al Management Program.

The Agricultur­e Student Scholarshi­p is funded through the Sustainabl­e Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p, a five-year, $3.5 billion investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territoria­l government­s that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincial­ly/territoria­lly for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territorie­s.

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