Shellbrook area couple given Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers Award

He grows crops and she’s a dentist. Together they are Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

Jason and Jenna Ranger from Shellbrook received the award Thursday at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina.

The award was established for farmers under the age of 40. Judging is based on the following criteria:

  • progress in agricultural career
  • environment stewardship
  • production history
  • financial management practices
  • contributions to the community

“Farming was all I ever wanted to do growing up and I never knew whether it was going to be a reality for sure or not,” said Jason Ranger. “Eventually I had the opportunity to start farming. A neighbour of ours rented me his farm when he went to South America for two years, and that’s how I got my start.”

The Rangers have well-defined roles with their day-to-day lives. Jason runs the nearly 11,000-acre grain and oilseed operation, while Jenna is a dentist in Prince Albert.

Their land is located in the Shellbrook and Leask areas in the north-central part of the province.

“We both have very demanding and challenging careers, but I feel like that makes us both very driven people and I think that’s what attracted us to each other,” said Jenna. “We love working as part of a team.”

Jenna is a dentist in Prince Albert and helps out as a parts delivery person during the busy seeding and harvest seasons. The couple also have a two year old daughter, Bridget.

Jason and Jenna Ranger will represent Saskatchewan at the national Outstanding Young Farmers event to be held this December in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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