(Rural Roots Canada) – Supporting the next generation of farmers is the goal of the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation (CABEF). 

Every year, it provides scholarships, bursaries, and awards to students enrolled in agricultural or agri-business-related programs at a university, college or trade school in Canada, awarding seven $2,500 scholarships to Canadian students. 

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Becky Parker, Chair of the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation, says this year’s recipients are studying a wide range of agricultural programs. 

“Recently, we expanded the qualifications around the scholarship. We have winners pursuing degrees in university, but those pursuing a college diploma or an apprenticeship program are also eligible. It’s a great roster of young leaders in agriculture,” she says.

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The scholarships are funded through the generosity of donors and through various fundraising initiatives which are already underway. 

“Every year, we run a wall of wine which, for a $100 tax-deductible donation, you can become a friend of the foundation and be entered into a draw to win 24 bottles of wine,” says Parker. 

And if wine isn’t your thing, Parker the foundation has set up a similar fundraising event this year called the wall of whisky. 

There are other ways to support the CABEF. The foundation partnered with the Grow Our People Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario, November 2-4. Attending the event will help it reach its fundraising goals. 

The foundation, which has been around for ten years, is dedicated to advancing the Canadian agriculture industry in need of talented and energetic young people to keep the industry strong and growing. 

For more information about the foundation or to offer your support, you can visit the CABEF website