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What is your future? Do you dream of owning your own business? Maybe you are the creative type, eager to make your mark with graphic design? Or perhaps you get excited by the idea of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Would you be surprised to learn that all of those  (and more!) are career options within the agri-food sector?  Careers in agriculture and food are incredibly diverse… and they aren’t all on the farm.

The agriculture and food sector is at the leading edge of research and innovation to address global challenges. There are endless opportunities which will allow you to make a difference: feed the growing population, protect the environment, care for animals, or help people.

So go ahead…take a look through these profiles of real Canadians working in agriculture and food. You may just get a glimpse of what your future can hold.

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Through their farm and family business, the Proskos are making a difference in the industry. Using technology such as variable rate fertilizer and seed application, they are delivering the best yields and quality when it comes to their crops.

While Canada has many veteran farmers, the next generation is showing that, through innovation, they will lead the agriculture industry into the future. Jeff and Ebony Prosko, who are raising a young family while operating a 4,500-acre grain and oilseed farm, are perfect examples. In 2014, Jeff and Ebony partnered with his family to open ProSoils Inc., an independent agriculture retail business that carries a full line of seed, fertilizers and crop protection products.

Jeff was raised on a farm and has always been the happiest when working the land. He received a diploma in agribusiness before starting his farming career. Ebony operated a massage therapy studio for nearly nine years.

When the couple got married in June of 2012, they decided to settle down on the farm. Seeing her husband’s passion for farming made Ebony fall in love with it. When she drove a combine for the first time, her passion for farming grew even stronger.

Through their farm and family business, the Proskos are making a difference in the industry. Using technology such as variable rate fertilizer and seed application, they are delivering the best yields and quality when it comes to their crops. Jeff works the land, while Ebony manages the farm’s accounting. Jeff and Ebony also spend lots of time with their daughters, Harper and Londyn, and even strap their children’s car seats into the tractor or combine to let them ride along.

In honour of their dedication to the agriculture industry, Jeff and Ebony received the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) award for Saskatchewan, earning the right to represent the province at the OYF nationals. 

The Proskos encourage the next generation to consider farming as a career. When he’s not farming, Jeff lends his time to groups focused on networking and education. Both he and Ebony believe the agriculture industry has many opportunities for young farmers.

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