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September 17, 2018

Never stop learning is a fairly popular slogan, and one that in the internet age you can't help but live by (thank you Wikipedia)! But when it comes to professional growth, sometimes it requires more planning and often a serious financial commitment. Professional devel...

February 14, 2018

Have you ever sat through a presentation where you concentrated more on your daydreams, or on everything else other than what the person was saying? I am sure all of us have experienced this at some point but being the one at the front of the room doing the speaking ca...

December 11, 2017

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your career path.

I grew up in Lethbridge in the city and wasn’t involved in farming at all. I went to the University of Lethbridge and got a degree in kinesiology and HR management. I started my career in Edmonton in the kinesiol...

December 6, 2017

Sara Mann is working in a niche area of research, but one that is critical to the Canadian agriculture industry. An associate professor at the University of Guelph in the College of Business and Economics, Sara not only studies rural and agricultural human resource pro...

September 19, 2017

In general, many people who know me would likely say that I can hold my own at a networking event, That being said,  I do find that it can take me a while to settle in and get comfortable, especially in a new group. Believe it or not I have even left events early when...

August 3, 2017

Dairy farmers like Julia Booijink have many labels. Mom, wife, producer, and business owner are just a few of them. 

Julia Booijink was a woman in agriculture before the label ‘women in ag’ even existed.

At the age of 34, the dairy farmer already has a long list of accom...

July 13, 2017

In Post #2 in this series, we heard from women on the reasons why they don’t use the term “farmer”.

Many women told me that they aren’t a farmer because they don’t own land, machinery or animals. Or because they do only a small portion of the total farm work required. O...

May 11, 2017

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your career path.

I grew up on a beef farm outside of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. From a young age, my brother and I were involved in the farm. Looking back, my gender was never really a consideration on the farm, we all just did wha...

March 31, 2017

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your career path.

I grew up on a dairy farm that was a two-family operation.  As kids we worked on the farm regularly and learned about hard work and responsibility.  The cows still need to get milked if you’re sick!  After high s...

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