Norquay's Jennifer Lindgren was recently presented the Extra Mile Award by Saskatoon-based marketing and management firm AgriBiz Communications Corp.during the 2019 Women in Ag CONNECT: Heart of the Farm conference.
The award recognizes women in the agriculture industry who make noteworthy contributions to their communities and foster the promotion of Saskatchewan agriculture and food. Each year, the Extra Mile Award highlights different achievements of women who go the extra mile to make a difference in the agriculture industry. The focus of the award for 2019 is on women who have spearheaded events and initiatives that promote agriculture and bring farmers and consumers together.
“Jennifer Lindgren is the epitome of a hardworking prairie girl. She is a lifelong farmer, devoted mom, and active community member, and she strives to represent the whole industry. She has spearheaded a 'Food Farm' program with a local elementary school, where she brings children to the Lindgren family farm in spring and fall to teach them about seeding, harvest, livestock, farm safety and other farm components using demonstration stations for each of these important topics,” said Adele Buettner, President of AgriBiz, in presenting this year’s award.
“I want to say how honoured I am to receive the Extra Mile Award,” Lindgren responded. “Our family believes strongly in helping the next generation understand the importance of farming and teaching them where their food comes from. My work with the Food Farm program has allowed me to do this.”
As part of the Extra Mile Award, AgriBiz will donate $1,000 to a charity or community initiative of the winner’s choosing. Jennifer Lindgren chose to direct the donation to the Town of Norquay to help replace the score clock in the local skating rink. The Lindgrensplan to personally donate the remaining funds needed to ensure the clock will be in use this hockey season.
“We created the Extra Mile Award as an opportunity to give back and encourage these women in their roles as agricultural advocates,” Buettner said. “We look forward to recognizing these leaders to show them their hard work has not gone unnoticed.”
Buettner went on to note that next year’s award will honour women whose agricultural advocacy and consumer engagement has promoted conversations about food and farming, and she encouraged conference attendees to think about other great women who also deserve recognition.
Each year at Canada’s Farm Progress Show held in Regina in June a farm couple is presented the ‘Outstanding Young Farmers Award’ which recognizes young farmers who demonstrate excellence in their profession. Jennifer and her husband Jordan were presented with the award in 2018.
As a result of the Outstanding Young Farmer Award the couple were in Australia earlier this year talking agriculture to producers there.