Brooks (Rural Roots Canada) –  Dillon Tateson can’t picture his life without agriculture.

The young man grew up riding horses and chasing cows with his family on a farm near Tilley, Alberta.

“My whole family is involved with agriculture, ranching, and animals in general in one way or another,” Tateson said.

Tateson is enrolled in the Animal Sciences program at Lethbridge College, looking to further his knowledge and bring new skills back to the ranch.

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Tateson says his first few weeks of post-secondary studies have exposed him to new ideas about where the industry is headed.

“It is interesting going to college listening to all of the different ideas and views that people have and hear from people who forecast the future.”

One of the classes that has really grabbed his attention is a communications course.

“It will help further my education as far as people skills, talking to people, writing business letters, and furthering my business knowledge.”

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One of Tateson’s interests and passions is his rough stock, which is comprised of several bulls.

“They’re just a lot of fun to be around and keep me busy for sure.”

Tateson is this year’s recipient of the Craig Lester Agriculture Food Scholarship and Travel Bursary, which is awarded to a Brooks Composite High School student who is enrolled in an agricultural or food production-related field or who plans to travel internationally to learn about an agricultural and/or food production practice.

Craig Lester is the co-owner of Rural Roots Canada.