Alberta youth awarded at agricultural speaking competition

Two Albertans took home top honours at the recent Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Ellie Stauffer from the Pincher Creek 4-H Club and a 4-H Alberta ambassador won senior champions honours while Ryley Mappin was named junior champion. (Mappin’s presentation for the provincial contest on how cattle benefit the environment ran in the Aug. 12 edition of the Alberta Farmer Express.)

‘Bust a common myth in Canadian agriculture’ was one of the topics of this year’s competition along with food fraud, GMOs and food security, new technologies, and surviving in an age of increased protectionism and globalization.

The 34th edition of the CYSA competition featured 39 competitors from across the country. It is open to youth ages 11 to 24 with a passion for agriculture whether they were raised on a farm, in the country or in the city. There have been more than 1,000 participants since its founding in 1985.

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