Future influencers leverage non-farm backgrounds for agriculture’s benefit

Future leaders, Brendan McDougall and David Westerveld at Grow Canada, 2018

Those within agriculture are always looking for ways to communicate to those outside of agriculture just how many rewarding careers there are in the industry. University of Guelph students David Westerveld and Brendan McDougall are two such “non-farm kids” who are turning interests in veterinary medicine and technology into agriculture-related jobs.

Selected as “future influencers” by the Canadian Seed Trade Association to attend Grow Canada held at Ottawa in November, McDougall and Westerveld had a chance to ask, and be asked, questions about policy and perspective of several Canadian agricultural leaders.

Westerveld, of Ingersoll, Ont., and McDougall, of Grimsby, Ont., joined Shaun Haney at the event to talk about what it means to be selected as a future influencer, how agriculture offers opportunity and interest for a wide variety of people and backgrounds, and what they found perhaps most interesting about the speaker line up.

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