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Valley students shine at McGill’s annual FMT awards

Five Valley students were honoured on November 17, when the Farm Management and Technology Program (FMT) at McGill’s Macdonald College held a virtual award ceremony. 25 students are recognized during this annual event, for their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and/or community engagement, with a series of awards and bursaries.

Adele Bryson of Saint-Anicet was awarded the Stuart McDonald Memorial Bursary, which honours a student who demonstrates strong leadership as well as involvement in campus activities.

Ormstown’s Brian Sproule was awarded the Spirit of Agriculture Award which is supported by the Syndicat de l’UPA MRC Haut-Saint-Laurent. This award recognizes the future generation of farmers and hopes to encourage tomorrow’s farm managers to take active roles in the UPA structure and UPA leadership.

Megane Daneau of Sainte-Clotilde won the Edna L. Smith Memorial Award, which is offered by the Quebec Women’s Institute to a student entering their second year of the FMT Program. It recognizes the hard work of a student who is the child of a professional farmer in the province, has spent at least one season employed on their parent’s farm, and intends to either return to their parent’s farm for at least one year on completion of the course, or manage their own farm.

Mitchell Muehleisen of Ormstown won the Association des Technologues en agroalimentaire Bursary. This prize is awarded to a graduating student who embodies the “know-how spirit” of agri-food technologists, and who has achieved excellence in the practical portion of their academic record.

The final Valley student to receive an award was Eric Brooks of Franklin, who received the Financière Agricole du Québec prize. Decided by the Agricultural and Economics department, this prize is given to a third-year student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who has demonstrated interest and academic achievement in management and communications principles. Brooks, who graduated from the FMT program three years ago, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics with a Specialization in Professional Agrology Agribusiness.

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