Student contest highlights farm management

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

The following is a recent news release from the Canadian Farm Business Management Council:
Each year, the Canadian Farm Business Management Council (CFBMC) holds the Excellence Award for Agricultural Students contest.
The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm business management.
Submissions are collected from agricultural students across Canada, and three winners are awarded a $1,000 prize each to help them further their education in agriculture.
The Excellence Award for Agricultural Students continues to be a popular means of connecting with the next generation of professional farm managers while challenging them to reflect on the important issues facing the industry.
To keep this contest up to date with social media trends and appeal to a greater audience, the CFBMC is asking for video submissions.
Agricultural students are asked to submit videos, responding to the following question:
“As a future farm manager, how will you balance the environmental stewardship necessary for the safeguarding of our water, air, and soil with the need to be productive and competitive in a global economy?”
The winning videos will be posted and archived on the CFBMC’s website ( and the winners will be announced through the media.
Videos should be three-five minutes in length. The content should keep the attention of the audience while being informative and innovative.
Applicants must be 16 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2010 and be enrolled in a field related to agriculture or agri-food at a recognized post-secondary educational institution.
All applications must be received no later than March 31.
For more information about the award, or to fill out the online application form, visit the New Farmer Section on the CFBMC’s website.
Students who wish to obtain information about other awards and scholarships also can access the CFBMC’s bilingual directory of agriculture scholarships across Canada.
Dates to remember
•Friday, March 4–4-H awards night, 7 p.m., Stratton Millennium Hall (confirm attendance by Feb. 25 at 482-2863); and
•Saturday, March 5–Land Stewardship and the Farmer Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Emo Legion (RSVP by Feb. 25 at 274-8637).

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