This post is part of a series of short introductions of Students of Agriculture. From undergraduates, to PhDs, or those learning out in the world, this series will share snippets of different journeys in agriculture education. Know a student with a neat story? Send Lyndsey a message ([email protected]) to have them recognized as a Student of Agriculture!
Adam Fast is a Lethbridge born-and-raised student at the University of Alberta pursuing a Masters of Science.
When experience sparked a passion for agri-science, Fast shifted gears to join the ever-changing industry with an open mind and a desire to solve the problems western Canadian farmers face.
He enrolled at the University of Lethbridge in a bachelors of science, majoring in biology. Following his first year, he got a position at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) working under Dr. Brian Beres in the agronomy program.
Fast says his experience at AAFC Lethbridge was his first exposure to crop and soil science and it sparked his interest right away. Shortly thereafter he switched his major to agriculture studies.
Following completion of his undergraduate degree, Fast was presented with the opportunity to pursue his masters in plant science at the University of Alberta. Fast is currently working on his masters, specializing in agronomy in partnership with AAFC Lethbridge. Fast says he has had a great overall experience throughout his agriculture studies.
Fast’s masters project is looking at the optimization of enhanced efficiency fertilizers in spring wheat. Using urea as a benchmark, Fast is comparing nitrogen rates to find the optimal combination for application on western Canadian spring wheat crops.
Fast says he would like to join the effort of making mutually beneficial decisions for farmers and legislators on fertilizer use. Looking forward in his career, Fast hopes to help western Canadian farmers improve what we can with what is available.
As Fast wraps up his masters, he encourages undergraduates to explore every opportunity possible and to keep an open mind. There is constant change in the world and keeping an open mind allows you to be a part of that change, he says.