Increasing Our Owners’ Capabilities and Competitiveness




January 17, 2017

United Suppliers Canada is excited to announce that it has chosen three recipients for its 2016 Scholarship Award.

Danean Edgar of Woleseley, SK, Amy Genik of Binscarth, MB and Nicole Wensman of Milk River, AB have all been awarded $2000 in scholarship funds to put towards their post-secondary education.

“The United Suppliers Canada scholarship was introduced to give back to youth in agriculture,” says Trish Paulsen, Business Advisor with United Suppliers Canada. “We recognize that continued success in agriculture is reliant on our youth, and our investment in these students in an investment in our industry.”

Danean Edgar is in her third year of Agronomy at the University of Saskatchewan and says she found her passion for agronomy once she started taking introductory agriculture classes in her first year. “I always thought I wanted to focus on the business side of agriculture but I soon realized that agronomy was what I was truly interested in.” Edgar has spent the last two summers working as a field agronomist for retail locations and aspires to have a career in agronomy once she graduates. She says scholarships such as these make a huge impact for students enrolled in post-secondary. “Scholarships are so helpful as they reduce stress associated with the expense of receiving your education. I am honored to be chosen as one the recipients of the USC scholarship.”

Application for the scholarship was open to first, second, third and fourth year college or university students that are enrolled in an agricultural program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. High school students with aspirations of a career in agriculture were also eligible to apply. A requirement for the scholarship application was the submission of a 500-word essay discussing how they believe sustainable agriculture will impact future global food supply. Below are excerpts from the essays of the selected candidates.

“Although some people will look at [increasing food production by 60 percent by the year 2050] as unmanageable, other will look at it as an opportunity for science, research, resources, and jobs.” Danean Edgar

“To meet global food demand, it is vital that we not only focus on implementing sustainable practices in Canadian production systems, but also in underdeveloped countries”. Amy Genik

“In order to combat [the portrayal of negative agricultural practices by the media] it is important for producers to step up and explain what they do, and how they produce food in the safest way possible.” Nicole Wensman

Paulsen comments that the selection process was not an easy one. “We were thrilled with the number of applicants that we received and were very impressed with the content in the essays. It makes me proud to work in agriculture, and know that we have a strong generation of youth that we will be working alongside in the future.”