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Ag scholarships awarded

Tyler Didyk, 18, of the Red River area has been awarded the 2020 Western Producer Scholarship of $1,000 as part of the 4-H Manitoba Scholarship Program.

Didyk has been a member of the Headingley, Man., 4-H Club for 10 years and is graduating from St. Paul’s Collegiate in Elie, Man.

The annual award assists a young rural person by encouraging post-secondary education.

Halee Piasta, 17, won a $1,000 scholarship from the Manitoba 4-H Council and has been a member of the La Salle, Man., 4-H Club for 10 years.

Shavaughn Jochum, 19, from St. Francois Xavier, Man., was awarded a $2,000 John and Ona Schellenberg bursary.

Jochum was a member of the Headingley 4-H Club for eight years and is now a member of the University of Manitoba Future Leaders 4-H Club.

CABEF scholarships awarded

The Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation has awarded seven students with $2,500 scholarships this year.

The CABEF Pathways to Agri-Food Scholarships are funded through donations from the agriculture industry.

The scholarships help support students pursuing an agricultural or agri-food related program at a Canadian college, university or technical institution.

This year’s recipients include: Paula Eraso from Chilliwack, B.C.; Amanda Harman of Stoney Plain, Alta.; Caylee Dorval from Glaslyn, Sask.; Christine Kilpatrick of Tevlon, Man.; Josh Weber from Newbury, Ont.; Hugo Drouin from Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Que.; and Maria Duynisveld of Wallace, N.S.

Applicants were assessed on their leadership attributes, and written or video responses to the question, “What do you consider to be the two main opportunities for the Canadian agriculture industry and which one inspires you the most?”

Speakers competition cancelled

The Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture 2020 Competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

This will be the first time that the contest has been cancelled in its 35-year history at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The national bilingual competition provides a platform for youth to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agrifood industry in a five- to seven-minute speech.

Flax commission holds election

Nominations for 2020 director positions will be accepted at the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax) until noon on Aug. 31.

The elections will aim to fill three vacant positions on the SaskFlax Board.

Registered producers are expected to soon receive an election package in the mail, containing instructions on how to vote, either online or by paper ballot.

Results are expected to be announced in mid-December.

Nomination forms are available at www.saskflax.com.

Environmental AWARD nominees sought

The Alberta Beef Producers is accepting nominations until July 15 for the Environmental Stewardship Award.

Since 1992, the award recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability.

The competition is open to all cattle producers.

More information is available at albertabeef.org.

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