My name is Kara Oosterhuis, and I’m RealAgriculture’s newest field editor, covering Alberta and Saskatchewan. You may recognize that mouthful of my last name as I spent some time with the team a couple summers back, chasing CanolaPaloozas, agronomic schools, field days, and everything in between. Most memorably, I put on over 3,500km on my vehicle in less than a week in the summer of 2017 — my time with Real Agriculture was a whirlwind of an adventure, and I just couldn’t stay away. So here I am, back again!
I am based out of Calgary, Alta., as I’m finishing up my Communication and Media Studies Degree at the University of Calgary. I also hold a diploma in Broadcast News from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; the place where I was dubbed “Ag Queen,” (much to my dismay) as my city-based classmates happily tossed the mandatory farm reports my way.
I grew up on a mixed irrigation and dryland grains/oilseeds/pulse/forage farm northeast of Bow Island, Alta. I have always had a love for agriculture and a desire for telling stories, and I’m still in awe that I have been able to make a career out of this. Although my primary residence is in Calgary, you’ll find me getting back to the farm on the weekends when I can, so I can stay close to the heart of it all.
I have worked numerous communications jobs from both agricultural and mainstream media to public relations. While dipping my feet in a few different options, I realized that ag media is really where my passion resides, and I’m very excited to get back into the swing of things.
Some of the highlights of my career thus far have been:
– winning Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede;
– getting to compete at the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto;
– being a part of an agency team during an industry merger and brand launch;
– getting numerous television lead stories during my time as a mainstream reporter, and;
– speaking in a panel at Agricultural Excellence Conference in Winnipeg.
If you enjoy talking all things farming, intently watching the Prairie weather roll in, going for a round of golf, fishing, or finding a patio whenever time permits, we are sure to get along!
You can contact me via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @KaraOosterhuis. I’m looking forward to re-connecting with those of you I’ve already met, and can’t wait to meet all of the new faces around!