Having reached the ripe old age of 13, Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth) at the University of Guelph has a great legacy and a bright future. The awards associated with the event were announced today and posted in a news release on the University of Guelph's home page. It was very kind of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Hon. Leona Dombrowsky, to take time out of her hectic schedule to join us and recognize the winners, along with President Alastair Summerlee.
Initiatives such as Project SOY address what Ontario agricultural sector stalwart Terry Daynard, an Ontario Agricultural College graduate, says in a passionate letter in this week's Ontario Farmer newspaper is a need to attract new students interested in agriculture, by showing them the industry's diversity. At the Ontario Agricultural College, agriculture is about the environment, sustainability, development, food and health and rural communities, as well as farming. College dean Rob Gordon has a blog to stay in touch. Let him know what you think the college needs to do to boost enrolment…or if you're a prospective student, tell him what it will take to get you enrol in Ontario's only college and network dedicated to the most vibrant, progressive sector in the province.