Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Hello! My name is Andrea De Roo and I am a third year student in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. I am currently majoring in agronomy and minoring in biotechnology, and I hope to do graduate studies after my degree.
Outside of school I enjoy playing a variety of sports, training horses, and hanging out with my friends and family. I grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm near Moosomin, Saskatchewan which is what first sparked my interest in agriculture.
My favorite part about studying agriculture is being able to apply my knowledge in my summer job. I have worked for companies like Cargill and Monsanto, and loved helping farmers and working with those who are also passionate about the industry. The best thing about agriculture and working in the industry is job security! Everyone in the world needs to eat to survive and it’s scary to think the world population is continually growing and the world cannot keep up to the demand for food. As a grad from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, you will never be without a job! In fact there are on average 40 job offers for every one undergraduate student when they graduate and the seed industry alone needs 600 grads every year.
The University of Saskatchewan is a great choice to study agriculture. You can study anything from ag-business and politics to animal, plant or food science. Another great option is the renewable resource management program that is essential for the protection of arable land and keeping the land in production. There are so many areas to study in agriculture and the job possibilities are endless!
Please note - the facts I have mentioned are from presentations I’ve heard over the past year working for the Canadian Seed Trade Association.