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Our Young Farmer is headed to Cuba!


At the 2018 Manitoba Ag Days Show, John Deere Canada ULC, Reit –Syd Equipment and Manitoba Ag Days partnered together to offer a once in a lifetime trip for a Young Farmer that participated in our Young Farmer Selfie Contest. The winning applicant won an all expense paid 2-week Farm Tour in Cuba! A young farmer (by definition) is someone who is under the age of 40 and is actively farming their own land.  

The original winner of the trip had to decline the trip due to school commitments.  “We are excited to announce Dan Zettler, who farms near Portage La Prairie will be leaving this week on this amazing once in a life time experience!” announced Manitoba Ag Days General Manager Kristen Phillips.  The trip is organized through Wendy Holm and her Imagine Cuba Trip (ICT).  Dan will be traveling with a group of other Canadian farmers and will have the opportunity to see all of the aspects of farming in Cuba as well as the culture, community and land marks.

“Cuba has done so much with so little. They’ve transformed their agriculture from large-scale mono-culture to sustainable, diversified, local and organic agriculture virtually overnight.  The past decade has seen an enormous shift in North American’s perception of food. Food security and safety, concerns about nutrition and a general curiosity about food itself have become popular topics.  How was my food produced? How sustainably was it produced? How far did it have to travel? Did the farmer get his/her fair share? These questions are front and centre in people’s minds” stated Wendy Holm. Dan will be able to learn from the people of Cuba and hopefully reflect on the similarities and differences in their farming community.  Stay tuned for Dan’s story along with pictures from his amazing adventure to Cuba!

Manitoba Ag Days would once again like to thank Reit-Syd Equipment in Dauphin and John Deere Canada ULC for their very generous donation to our Year of the Young Farmer contest at the 2018 show.  They are truly committed to Young Farmers across the province and this country. #agdaysyf #agdays18

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