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Major Fox Memorial Scholarship winner Derrick Bassa
Hello my name is Derrick Bassa. I am born and raised on our family dairy farm in La Broquerie Manitoba. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a farmer.
Currently I am completing my grade 12 at Ste.Anne Collegiate, with plans to continue my education at Lakeland College focusing on animal science. My ultimate goal is to
be able to work alongside my parents learning our business before one day taking it over as my dad did from his parents.
Agriculture is all I have ever wanted to do, but realize that it is not the trend of many young people today. I think to retain more people in agriculture education is
the key. Not only in rural settings but also and perhaps more importantly in urban areas as well. I myself have looked into apprenticeship programs and have found that
not all areas of agriculture qualify for this program, this definitely needs to be addressed. If I am able to take over our farm business I would like to establish an
apprenticeship program with schools where a student would work a semester on our farm. I have seen how difficult it is for dairy farmers in our area to recruit
qualified herdsman, my plan would address both a need in our industry and educate fellow young people about what is involved in running an ag business in today's world.
I would teach them all aspects of running our farm, from fieldwork to breeding, hoof trimming to feeding. Eventually I would see this branching out to other forward
thinking ag business people in our area.
My years of 4H have taught me many valuable lessons but one of the most important is in the 4H slogan "learn by doing". This is the premise for my idea on how to retain
a larger number of young people in agriculture.