The province’s two main cereal groups are launching their version of a mentorship program that has already been a proven success in the beef sector.
“The AdvancingAg Future Leaders program is about fostering a strong network of future agriculture leaders for a progressive and vibrant cropping industry in Alberta,” Kevin Bender, vice-chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission, said in a release.
Like Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program, the program pairs young producers (aged 18 to 35) with leaders in the sector “who can share their knowledge and experience and facilitate key professional development opportunities.” The program lasts a year, with mentees selected by a committee and then paired with a mentor based on their interests and career goals.
“We felt it was important to launch a program like this for the cropping sector because we want to advance the skills of young agri-professionals as they start their careers and provide them with industry-specific training, networking, and learning opportunities,” said Alberta Barley vice-chair Dave Bishop. “The program will be flexible and tailored to the goals and aspirations of the mentee.”
Applications, available at advancingag.ca, must be submitted by March 13. Eight mentees will be selected this year, with that number expected to grow to 15 in subsequent years. Each mentee will also receive funds for professional development opportunities.
The deadline for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is March 31. Applications can be found at cattlemensyoungleaders.com. The website also has lists of mentees and their mentors going back to 2010.