Portage Chamber Hands Out Ag Awards

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It was a night of learning and celebration on Friday, at the Evening of Agriculture Excellence.

The event was designed to recognize Portage la Prairie’s farming community and celebrate their achievements.

Awards were handed out for Youth Agvocate of the year, Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture, Agribusiness of the year, and the Farm Family of the Year award.

Kaitlyn Davie took home the Youth Agvocate of the year award. She attended Assiniboine Community College in Brandon to get a diploma in agriculture and has been involved in several different sections of Canadian Agriculture.

She says she’s incredibly honoured to be recognized.

“I never expected to be recognized. I feel like I’m helping the community, and helping out the younger generation come up because the agriculture industry is such a booming industry, and we need all the people we can get,” says Davie. “It’s nice to be recognized for helping this younger generation.”

Shur Gro Farms took home the Agribusiness of the year for their dedicated service to Portage.

Frank Perrin is the location manager for Shur Gro Farm Services. He says it’s nice to be recognized.

“We’ve been in the Portage la Prairie area for over 60 years now, and Shur-Gro has been in business serving the farm community and helping growers growing their crops. We appreciate it.”

Jill Verwey was recognized for her Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture. She’s known for her dedication to 4-H, being Vice President of the Keystone Agricultural Producers, and her overall dedication to Portage.

She says it’s important to recognize people for their achievements.

“It’s very essential for our province and our country. Agriculture has a big contribution to our economy,” says Verwey. “People that are involved in agriculture play a big part in making contributions to the economy and community going forward.”

The evening also featured a keynote speech by Teresa Vallotton of Farm Femmes talking about the importance of technology and AI in farming.