High Prairie’s Jess Verstappen marked Canada Ag Day 2021 by being named to the first ever Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture list.
“It is always humbling and to be included amoungst these others on the list is incredible,” said Verstappen to the Horizon. Verstappen was named in the ‘Upstarts’ category.
Last year the Canadian Western Agribition and Farm Credit Canada teamed up to launch the search for the Top 50 most influential leaders in Canadian agriculture.
The finalists unveiled come from all over Canada, working in almost every sector of agriculture.
While she hails from Holland, since 2008 High Prairie is her hometown.
Verstappen attended Lakeland College in Vermilion and completed a diploma in Environmental Science and Agribusiness, majoring in livestock production.
“There is no better way to celebrate Canada’s Ag Day than to recognize the diversity of people, sectors, and ideas that make Canadian agriculture what it is today,” says CWA CEO Chris Lane.
A former High Prairie Elks Professional Rodeo Queen, Ag for Life Ambassador, Bashaw All Breeds mentor, 4-H Ambassador and 2014 recipient of the 4-H Premier’s award, Verstappen says 4-H, College and travelling, has brought many new experiences and people into her life. She continues to volunteer her time to 4-H and many other organizations to help youth grow their passion for agriculture.
Verstappen said despite the past year of distancing, the Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture winners will be featured in a magazine that will be distributed by CWA and will celebrate at CWA’s 50th show this November.