Business & Policy
Deadline approaches for AdvancingAg mentorship program
By Top Crop Manager
Potential mentees have until the March 29 deadline to apply for the AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program, an agriculture mentorship program in Alberta.
The AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program is an initiative focused on mentoring young agriculture professionals in Alberta. The year-long program pairs mentees, aged 18-35, with a carefully selected mentor who is passionate about the agriculture industry and eager to help mentor the next generation. Mentors and mentees will be paired up based on the interests and career goals of the mentee.
“As we enter our third-year, we are so proud of the mentorship that this program has provided and the opportunities that have been given,” said Gary Stanford, chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission and member of the AdvancingAg Selection committee. “Many of these outstanding young professionals have gone on to make a big impact in Alberta agriculture and we are excited to see what this year’s group will go on to accomplish.”
Among AdvancingAg’s 20-plus graduates, a few have gone on to represent the cropping sector in Alberta at the producer group level. This includes 2017-2018 program alumnus Holly White and Olivia Sederberg.
White recently stepped forward to join the Alberta Canola board as a director for region 12, representing south-eastern Alberta. She credits her time in AdvancingAg with providing critical tools for personal growth.
“The AdvancingAg program was a very rewarding experience,” explained White. “Through this unique opportunity, I was able to network, take leadership courses and access further educational opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.”
Sederberg joined the Alberta Wheat Commission as a regional representative for region two in 2018.
“AdvancingAg allowed me to improve my agronomy and agribusiness skills by connecting me directly with resources at conferences and crop tours throughout the province,” said Sederberg. “The information and experience I gained will help to guide me when representing the producers in my area. I can’t recommend this program enough!”