Saskatchewan, Canada, 2015-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — A career in agriculture presents opportunities in science, marketing and entrepreneurship.
No one knows that more than Danean Edgar, a first year Agribusiness student at the University of Saskatchewan. Edgar was one student selected for Co-op’s Excellence in Ag program in 2014.
“Science in agriculture is vital with the constant demand in research, animals, efficiency and productivity,” wrote Edgar. “These demands include food availability, cutting-edge technology and advancement in research and information.”
Excellence in Ag is helping students establish a career in agriculture. It provides a $20,000 scholarship, summer internships and opportunity for future employment to four students pursuing a post-secondary education in agriculture or business.
The four students selected in 2015 will join the seven students currently participating in the program who were selected in the last two years. One student selected in 2013 has finished her program and is now employed full-time as an agronomist at a Co-op in Alberta.
“Agriculture is a growing sector that is seeing many changes right now,” said Ron Healey, Federated Co-operatives Limited Associate Vice-President, Ag and Home. “This program provides the basis – through academic scholarship and meaningful work experience – for students to play a key role in the future of the industry.”
Edgar maintains a positive outlook, stating the industry’s challenges and demands will drive its success, ensuring agriculture will continue to thrive.
“As a young student entering agriculture, I look forward to the future of this industry as well as the infinite potential it presents in Western Canada.”
To explore this opportunity and experience the growth of the Co-operative Retailing System, please visit your local Co-op ag centre or www.coopag.ca. The deadline for program applications is Jan. 31, 2015.