October 30, 2015

2015-16 Saskatchewan Agriculture Ambassadors Announced

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the 2015-16 Agriculture Ambassadors.  Mackenzie Mueller and Brentt Becker from the University of Regina, and Alanna Orsak and Cody Troidl from the University of Saskatchewan have been chosen to lead agriculture awareness efforts on Saskatchewan’s post-secondary campuses.

“It’s inspiring to see the applicants’ dedication to raising agriculture awareness and understanding,” Stewart said.  “We had so many qualified applicants that it was difficult to choose the final four, but I believe Alanna, Cody, Mackenzie and Brentt will shine as our first Agriculture Ambassadors.”

The Agriculture Ambassador Pilot Program, launched as part of Agriculture Month 2015, is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.  Running from November to March, the program provides an opportunity for Saskatchewan’s youth to take a leadership role in improving the public perception of agriculture on post-secondary campuses across the province.

The Ambassadors are expected to work with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Unit to promote the industry, dispel myths, initiate on-campus awareness efforts and promote agricultural careers.

Applicants selected for interviews were required to outline how they would accomplish these tasks.  Plans presented by the winners included an on-campus agriculture awareness day, agriculture-related tours and networking events, getting new colleges involved in agriculture, and launching newsletters and blogs.

The Agriculture Ambassador Program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a cost-shared partnership between federal, provincial and territorial governments designed to support an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.