National youth speaking competition now open

Attracting talent, micro-food processing, and capitalizing on climate change are among the topics for the 2020 edition of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

The national speaking contest is open to youth ages 11 to 24 who have a passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country, or in the city. There are junior and senior categories with three entrants chosen from each region for both categories. The national winners will be selected at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on Nov. 7. The senior winner receives $1,000 and the junior winner $500.

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Last year, Albertans Ellie Stauffe and Ryley Mappin captured top spots.

Competitors have five to seven minutes for a speech on one of the following topics:

  • How can we fill the talent pipeline in Canadian agriculture?
  • What impact will the emerging micro-food processing industry have on agriculture?
  • Aquaculture: The challenges and solutions of developing, funding and marketing an emerging food source.
  • Climate change: Can the family farm manage and capitalize on this shift?
  • Lessons learned over the last 25 years of agriculture — and how we can apply it to the next 25.
  • Should the agriculture industry fund and support opportunities for youth development?
  • How to create ecosystem markets that reward Canada’s farmers for environmental stewardship.

For more info on the competition and past winners, go to cysa-joca.ca.

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