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Exhibition Park & Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Announce the 2nd Annual $10,000 Agricultural S

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced the recipient of the 2019 $10,000 AG Scholarship at a sold out dinner in Heritage Hall at Ag Expo on Thursday night. The 2019 recipient is Lauren Machacek. Lauren is from the Taber area and is a 4th year student student at the University of Lethbridge.

Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced today the second-year details for the Agricultural Scholarship Award program for $10,000 for two of Lethbridge and District’s top agricultural students.

The Agricultural Scholarships are to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting two top students in their pursuit of an agricultural career.

Thanks to our successful event last year and the generosity of our sponsors, in 2020, there will one additional $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship awarded, making it 2 x $10,000 scholarships.


This scholarship will be presented to a student who has completed at least 3 years of college or university at a recognized institution.

The student must have demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership qualities in an agriculture related field.

The application must include:

  1. A covering letter which demonstrates their academic achievements, community contributions, leadership abilities and aspirations in an agriculture related field,

  2. Three letters of reference from their post-secondary institution and community leader(s) confirming the applicant’s volunteer / leadership qualities,

  3. An overview of their field of study to be supported by the scholarship.

Final selection will be based on a formal interview with a Rotary Scholarship Committee.

Applications will be available online on Monday, November 18 at and rotarylethbridgeeast.caApplicants must apply before January 31, 2020.


The applicant must be a legal resident of: County of Lethbridge, County of Taber, County of Warner, County of Forty Mile, County of Cardston, County of Pincher Creek, County of Ranchlands, County of Willow Creek, County of Vulcan, Blood (Kainai) First Nations, Piikani First Nation, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass or the City of Lethbridge.


Heritage Hall, Lethbridge Exhibition Park during the week of AG-EXPO & North American Seed Fair.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  1. 5:00 pm – Reception & Entertainment

  2. 6:00 pm – Presentation of 2 x $10,000 Ag Scholarship Awards

  3. 6:30 pm – Dinner – presented by Allied Marketing Group (AMG) and University of Lethbridge Dinner Wine Sponsor – Viterra

  4. 7:30 pm – Live Auction of AG Scholarship Lynn Gregson Framed Painting

  5. 7:45 pm – Keynote Speaker: Robert Saik, P.Ag., C.A.C. “Encouraging Youth to have a Future in Agriculture” – sponsored by Perlich Brothers Auction Market


Admission & Parking to AG-EXPO & North American Seed Fair plus Dinner ticket.

  1. Table of 8 – $1,000

  2. Individual Tickets – $125

Tickets are available at Exhibition Park Reception (3401 Parkside Drive South, South Pavilion Entrance) or by phone at 403-328-4491.

Keynote Speaker – Robert D Saik, PAg, CAC

Encouraging Youth to have a Future in Agriculture”

ROBERT SAIK has forty years of experience as a Professional Agrologist, entrepreneur and an international consultant who’s worked with a wide variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates.

His latest book, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed the Future” is a pragmatic look at the five iterations of agriculture, culminating in an examination of how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer.

Robert, an outspoken champion of agriculture, is a Distinguished Agrologist, Professional Agriculture Consultant, a serial entrepreneur and has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into where the industry is headed.

He has leveraged these strengths to found over 15 companies in the areas of Farming, Agri-Retail, Distribution, Media and Ag Tech including The Agri-Trend/Agri-Data Group of Companies which was acquired by Trimble.

Through Saik Management Group Inc, he provides consulting services to many organizations including CEO of DOT Autonomous Robotic Farm Solutions. He’s also the founder of AGvisorPRO, a platform that “uberizes” knowledge and wisdom, enabling farmers to instantaneously connect with agriculture experts worldwide.

His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade” was a 2014 Best of Amazon Books and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times. Robert is a passionate keynote speaker and is executive producer of the Know Ideas Media a science based multi-media company addressing issues such as GMO’s and their use in food production.

He serves on several Boards, is an advisor to Olds College, is a member of the A100 (Alberta Tech Entrepreneur Network), a student of Strategic Coach and Singularity University and a member of Abundance 360. As a partner in Perigro Venture Partners he participates in early stage technology investments.

He been recognized for agriculture leadership by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (Provincial Distinguished Agrologist of the Year) and in 2016 was awarded Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association. e- mail Cell +1-403-391-0772 Twitter @RSaik Skype Robert.Saik Web Executive Assistant – Shelley Myers – – 1-403-872-2706

For More information:

  1. Doug Kryzanowski, Manager Sales, Exhibition Park – 403 – 317 – 3213

  2. Andrew Bronson, Rotary Club Lethbridge East – 403 – 795 – 1557

  3. Wayne Lindwall – Scholarship Committee – 403 – 388-4253


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