By Kathryn Ingerslew
CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico – Dale Leftwich, a farmer from Saskatchewan, Canada, is attending the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security to learn more about agriculture and the legacy of Norman Borlaug.
Leftwich grew up in a small town where he attended a school of 130 students. Trips to his grandparents’ farm were always special, and after he turned 15, he spent his summers working on the farm and developing his love for agriculture.
Leftwich earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and economics and became an agronomist and seed salesman for about 20 years. In 2004, he began farming full time and currently grows a rotation of wheat and canola.
“When I heard about the Borlaug summit, I knew that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a world-class conference close to home,” he said.
Leftwich is learning about new agricultural practices as well as paying tribute to Norman Borlaug, who is credited with starting the Green Revolution beginning in the 1940s.
“Taking it to the farmer” is the most valuable idea that has been discussed so far, Leftwich said. Many scientists during the Borlaug summit have discussed the vital transfer of information from researchers to farmers.