Things are getting busy…
Well I guess I should just jump into this whole blogging thing with both feet and just DO IT!!
In preparation however find myself learning all I can about wordpress.com and the functionalities of its customizable options. I was challenged at first in deciding what layout and color scheme best represents ‘Me’. So I hope this first version of what I came up with is suitable and relevent.
The month of January flew by like the winds have this cold Canadian winter. Into February we begin and I have lots to accomplish before month’s end. The first chapter of my blog will include travel journals that I am to keep during my up coming travels to New Zealand and Australia. The following is a brief update of my background and scholarship goals.
As a very determined and enthusiastic young farmer I was thrilled and honored to have been named as one of three Canadian Nuffield Scholarship winners for 2011. My agricultural background was gained from working on a mixed family farm located near St.Vincent, AB. As the family grew our farm grew and in 2007 my 4 younger sisters and I helped our parents manage 7,000 acres of crop land and 4,000 head of cattle in our feedlot. I am proud to say that my passions belong to People and Agriculture. At the ripe age of 25 (haha) I have decided to commit my Nuffield study topic to encompass “Succession Planning and Diversification on the Family Farm”. Needless to say I have learned lots about estates and the roles of lawyers and accountants and executors and wills and probates and the list goes on. However I am determined to help improve this process for others so that they do not have to go through challenges that our family has. While dealing with estate matters and family drama, I grounded myself with developing relationships with other farmers in my area as I worked at Agland (our local John Deere dealership) as their AMS Specialist. It was there that I realized that there was a need for consultants in many areas to help all farming operations. From data management to agronomy to human resource management to financial planning. But the biggest gap I saw was Succession and everything about it!
I may write about a variety of things in posts yet to come; just know however that the fruits of life are all around us and we must be grateful. At the end of the day I want to make a difference and help inspire, motivate and educate all those around me. So stay tuned and it will be my pleasure to share a part of my story with you!