Errin Willenborg, research manager with SaskCanola recently took home some hardware from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA).
Willenborg manages $3 million in investments per year on behalf of Saskatchewan canola growers. “We’re invested in a lot of research in agronomy, and looking at some of the genetics behind diseases in the province. We have a very diverse research portfolio, and we are very pleased with our investments.”
For her efforts, she was recently recognized by the SIA with the Outstanding Young Agrologist award. She was one of two recipients, the other being Katelyn Duncan, who works for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The award is for an agrologist who is under 40 who has made contributions to the profession of agrology. Willenborg and Duncan were nominated by their colleagues in the SIA.
Willenborg worked in private industry before SaskCanola. Willenborg says her experiences working in private industry was very beneficial for this job. “I really got a good understanding of farming practices in Saskatchewan (and) really what’s important to farmers in my previous role. I could really bring that experience back here to SaskCanola, and now this job is really working with researchers to understand what are the priorities of farmers and then working with researchers to explain some of their ideas to farmers.”
One of the ways that that SaskCanola makes sure that research results get to farmers is by working with Canola Council of Canada agronomists, and by sharing results on the SaskCanola website. So, give an agronomist a call or visit the website. After all they are your results. You paid for them.