Opportunity Is Everywhere If We Look For It
One of the reasons I love the agriculture industry is that there is an abundance of opportunity. Agriculture is directly linked to the food that we eat. And we all eat - multiple times a day! So with such a necessary end product, there can be many cool opportunities that come with agriculture.
This past fall, the Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), created a new program for young farmers within our industry. As I have transitioned from working in the agriculture industry to being full time at home and on the farm, I have definitely missed the networking and the learning opportunities that being at work gave me. So when CFC opened up this opportunity, I jumped at the chance! I am proud to say that I was one of five applicants selected from across Canada. It is an 18 month term where we will be attending some of the Chicken Farmers of Canada meetings and events. I am looking forward to learning more about how our industry is governed at a board level and how we can best advocate for Canadian grown chicken.
Fast forward to today - I am currently sitting in a hotel in Toronto as I type this. As a part of the young farmers program with CFC, we have the amazing opportunity to attend the Canadian Young Farmers Forum conference this year! It will be kicking off tonight with supper and a reception. I will have the chance to learn about all the difference areas of agriculture and connect with other young, forward thinking, leaders of our industry.
I’m pretty sure last night will already be a highlight of this event. We were flown into Toronto a day earlier than the conference to attend the World Trials for Swimming Canada. Chicken is the official protein of swimming in Canada. So, Chicken Farmers of Canada have been a major sponsor and support of Swimming Canada. We were treated to a VIP room with food and beverage to watch past Olympians and future Olympians compete in their division. The para swim athletes were also competing at this time and I found watching their events to be truly inspiring! These athletes would compete in their event, swim their heart out, and then wait for a wheelchair at the side of the pool. How amazing is it that they can have the ability to move their body in the pool yet once out of water need wheelchair assistance. We also saw a blind athlete compete too. I find it so inspiring because despite having to overcome more obstacles than the average person, they still push forward and make it happen.. The night finished up with one of the most exhilarating things I have done in a long time - I handed out bronze, silver, and gold medals to the elite athletes of the Men’s division. Gold went to Markus Thormeyer, whom I look forward to following his swim accomplishments from this point forward. https://www.swimming.ca/en/swimmer/markus-thormeyer/ So fun! And how cool is it, that one the farmers that produce their chicken breast, which they need as a major protein source to build the muscles they need to compete at this level, was able to hand them their medal. I love how everything is connected!
I know that there is opportunity everywhere in agriculture. Sometimes you just have to step outside your comfort zone and go find it! I look forward to sharing more with you on my journey with Chicken Farmers of Canada.