Terry Youzwa

What inspires farmers and why is their job so important? Terry Youzwa explains:

Why did you want to be a farmer?  

I preferred the independence of working on our own land, under the open sky, in the great outdoors.

What crops do you grow?

Our primary crop is canola. We also grow peas, faba beans, wheat, oats and canary seed. We often consider including other crops as we continuously strive for sustainability and viability.

 

What impact do pests and disease have on your crops?

Pests and disease can seriously harm a crop, reducing its quality and yield. If left uncontrolled it can be devastating. This causes major losses on the fields impacted by the threat. With good management, the field can usually be saved and remain productive. We selectively utilize these products only when we must.

In general, how important is it to have access to crop protection products?  

Access to good crop protection products is vital to producing safe quality food. It is also vital to our survival as farmers. Without quality and yield we are not sustainable as an industry.

 

Why is your profession important in the challenge to feed the world?

Our profession helps to produce quality food that is in demand around the world.  We grow products that help improve the quality of life for our customers. We, as a global people are continuously challenged to produce more with less, less land, less water, and lower costs per bushel. How can we possibly hope to do these things without access to technology and innovation.

What inspires you about your job?

There is a great amount of pride in harvesting a quality high yielding crop that you have nurtured from start to finish, on the land that has been part of your family for multiple generations. We take pride in practicing stewardship in our livelihood leaving it better for the next generation.