Winner of the Robert (Bob) L. Ross Memorial Scholarship announced - Cowsmo

Winner of the Robert (Bob) L. Ross Memorial Scholarship announced

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.

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