The Successors, Ep 13: Perspectives from travelling, creating new opportunities, and racing the barrels


The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast series hosted by Kara Oosterhuis focusing on agriculture from the perspective of the up-and-coming generation.

How do you turn your focus from animals to being a canola specialist? What is it like to travel and see agriculture around the world? Why is important to be curious about your job?

Justine Cornelsen, who works as the agronomic and regulatory services manager at BrettYoung, helps answer these questions (and more) in this episode of The Successors podcast.

Cornelsen, who grew up (mostly) in Manitoba, was raised with plants and animals all around her, as her father worked for Parks Canada in multiple locations throughout her childhood.

Her first real leap into learning was after her undergraduate degree, when she took up a job with the Canola Council of Canada, first based in Southern Alberta, and later moving back with the council to her home province. Eventually, Cornelsen became the “Blackleg Queen” as she dedicated a lot of her time and research efforts (later completing a MSc) to learn as much as she could about the disease.

(Justine Cornelsen/Supplied)

For those that know Cornelsen, they know horses will always be her number one love — and in the podcast below she dives into all the different aspects of competition and breeding she is involved in, and has been pretty much since she was old enough to ride the horses.

 Check out the full conversation below to learn more about diversity in learning, keeping your mind open, developing relationships across the industry, and more, below:


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