Passionate about agriculture, the land and its stewards, Daryl Chubb has always appreciated his central Saskatchewan farming roots. After completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Saskatchewan, he went on to manage a major crop enterprise business, and most recently, start his own agriculture consulting firm, DeNovo Ag in 2012. He has obtained his Professional Agrologist (P.Ag) designation while remaining very involved in the ag industry, both personally and professionally through volunteer contributions to a diversity of industry boards and committees. You can follow him on Twitter @DarylChubb.
Growing up in rural Saskatchewan cultivated my passion for agriculture at a very early age. I would have given anything to spend my days on the tractor with my dad or doing chores instead of going to school, I loved farming and everything it had to offer. However, after graduating high school in the mid 90’s, I vowed that farming was not for me. Farming was not lucrative, it was financially burdensome and a tough profession. I went out to work on my own, but still came home in the spring and fall to help my parents with their workload.
I found myself jumping from job to job without any sense of accomplishment or progression. Granted, I had lots of fun, but was lacking the “career” I had aspired for myself. Three years after graduating from high school, I applied for university and in the fall of 1998, I was enrolled to attend the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. The decision to go back to university revived my passion for the ag industry. Studying and classroom settings were not my forté, I enjoyed the outdoors and working much more, albeit university was a major stepping stone for me to begin my career. I garnered industry contacts, earned the opportunity to study abroad, gained key employment opportunities and met amazing people and lifelong friends along the way. In 2002 I graduated with a degree in Crop Science and very respectable grades.
After University, my wife and I tried to go back to the family farm, but there were too many hurdles to overcome with debt, equipment, BSE and drought. I was able to gain some great industry experience while employed with grain and chemical companies and managing a grain operation.
The premise of my story on this blog is to express how passion can turn into dreams. Passion helped me to acquire a university education, gain necessary experience and build industry contacts among other key attributes. Today I am operating a successful agriculture consulting company influencing 32 000 acres. I have recently been awarded the Nuffield Scholarship allowing me to extend my knowledge of agriculture and travel the world.