FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Winner of the Robert (Bob) L. Ross Memorial Scholarship announced
December 1, 2017 (Ottawa, Ont.) – The 2017 winner of the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship is Sarah Jackson of Camlachie, Ont. The award will allow Sarah to attend the upcoming 2018-2019 CTEAM program. The announcement was made last week at the AgEx Conference, held in Ottawa, Ont.
CTEAM (Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management) is managed by Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME). During the program, farmers learn detailed financial, marketing and human relations management skills, using their own operation as a case study.
Robert (Bob) Ross was instrumental in guiding the CTEAM program, inspiring and encouraging farm management excellence across Canada through his leadership and passion for the agricultural community. Bob fought a courageous battle with cancer, passing in March 2014.
As a tribute to his passion, leadership and legacy, Agri-Food Management Excellence, Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family, established the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship program, rewarding a deserving farmer with the opportunity to participate in the CTEAM program. Attending the CTEAM program allows motivated farmers to continue on a path towards excellence, as inspired by Canada’s leading experts and a one-of-a-kind support network of peers and colleagues.
About the Winner:
Sarah Jackson is the third generation to farm on her family’s 200 acre property in Camlachie, Ontario, where she runs Uplands Pheasantry, a hatchery that specializes in pheasants, partridge, quail, and wild turkeys, in addition to supplying mature birds to conservation areas and hunting preserves across North America. After the sudden passing of her father and business partner in 2016, Sarah’s role on the farm immediately evolved into main operations manager, customer service specialist, and strategic decision maker for the niche business.
By attending the CTEAM program, Sarah hopes to gain the knowledge and skills she needs to strengthen Upland Pheasantry’s strategic and operations planning, as well as guide the difficult process of succession planning for her family’s farm. Sarah is also excited to be able to use the knowledge and experience she gains through CTEAM to influence her advisory and advocacy work with the Lambton Federation of Agriculture. Ultimately, Sarah hopes to use her experience at CTEAM to shape her farm’s future, building a successful business that one day her own daughter could take over, if she wishes.
About Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc.
Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) is inspired by empowering people to realize their goals. We empower farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals through leading edge courses delivered in an unconventional format. It is Canada’s only national farm management learning program.
About Farm Management Canada
Farm Management Canada is a national umbrella for farm business management activity and the only organization dedicated exclusively to the development and delivery of advanced business management information, tools and resources to position Canada’s farmers for success.
About Family Farms Group
Family Farms Group is a network of family farm operators, agricultural experts and suppliers working together to preserve the legacy of family farms. Their network provides knowledge, training, and connections to help your farm grow and compete in an increasingly consolidated industry.
Photo caption: Sarah Jackson of Uplands Pheasantry is the 2017 winner of the Robert (Bob) L. Ross Memorial Scholarship. The announcement was made during the AgEx Conference in Ottawa by Heather Watson, Executive Director, FMC and Dr. Larry Martin, Principal, AME.
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For more information contact:
Agri-Food Management Excellence
Heather Broughton, Principal
Phone: 780 781 2840
Larry Martin, Principal
Phone: 519 841 1698
Farm Management Canada
Heather Watson, Executive Director
Phone: 613 237 9060 ext. 31