Ag minister creates youth advisory council

B Pratyusha Chennupati and Carling Matejka are the two Alberta reps on the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

The group of 25 young people was created to advise Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on matters such as “food-related challenges and opportunities” and “the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture and agri-food sectors.”

“Even more after COVID, I’m thinking about the vision for the ag sector,” said Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “Obviously, I want it to be a sustainable ag vision, and I really look forward to having discussions with the youth on this.”

She said she wants to hear from the council on business risk management programs, labour, intergenerational transfers and mental health.

Chennupati, who works for Nufarm in Calgary, is a scientist with a background in biotechnology and the crop protection sector. Ponoka veterinarian Matejka was raised on a purebred Angus seed stock operation south of the town and still helps out on the farm.

More than 800 people applied for a spot on the youth council.

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