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AWC congratulates Kristina Polziehn, AWC-sponsored recipient of the Nuffield Scholarship

(Calgary, Alberta), July 14, 2016 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) congratulates Kristina Polziehn as the first-ever AWC-sponsored recipient of the Nuffield Canada Scholarship. Polziehn’s research will investigate the applications of remote sensing in agriculture.

AWC is investing a total of $60,000 to Nuffield Canada over Polziehn’s three-year research term. The AWC-sponsored Nuffield Scholarship was made available to an Alberta resident involved in the Western Canadian grain sector in studies that benefit the wheat industry.

“Our investment in Kristina Polziehn’s research through Nuffield Canada is an excellent opportunity to advance our strategic priority of developing strong leaders for a progressive and vibrant Alberta wheat industry,” said Kevin Auch, AWC Chairman. “I would like to offer my congratulations on behalf of AWC and I look forward to learning more about how Kristina’s work will benefit grain farmers as her research progresses.”

“Through the Nuffield Scholarship, my goal is to learn more about how remote sensing is being used and implemented in other parts of the world with different crops,” said Polziehn. “By sharing and showcasing how to implement remote sensing data, there is an opportunity to improve our understanding and see the value it can bring to crop production in western Canada.”

Polziehn is currently employed as president and agronomist at Axiom Agronomy Ltd. and has a Master of Science in Plant Sciences, which followed her completion of two bachelors degrees from the University of Alberta.

“I began working with unmanned aerial vehicles two years ago and was eager to learn more about the technology and value that they can bring to farmers and agronomists. I have learned that remote sensing data in western Canadian agriculture is still at its infancy, but has incredible potential to change and improve current practices in agronomy. 

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and share their findings with others for the betterment of Canadian agriculture. 

The Alberta Wheat Commission is a producer-directed organization dedicated to improving the long-term profitability of Alberta’s 14,000 wheat producers.

For more information, please contact:
Victoria Russell
Communications Specialist
Alberta Wheat Commission