Lois Schultz of Wetaskiwin took top honours in the senior division of the 2017 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture nationals earlier this month while Quentin Albrecht of Holden was first runner-up in the junior category.
Schultz was 4-H Alberta’s representative at the event, which takes place at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The 33rd edition of the speaking contest featured 27 competitors, aged 11 to 24, from across Canada. Chancey Lane of Claresholm also competed in the event.
“This is another exciting year for the competition for two reasons: this is the first time we’ve had so many juniors participating and it marks another year where participants from all 10 of Canada’s provinces are competing,” said Ted Young, chair of the CYSA board. “We are so pleased to have all these young people from across our nation come to tell their story about Canadian agriculture.”
The organization also announced the topics for the 2018 competition. They are:
- My view on diversity in Canadian agriculture.
- Canadian agriculture needs more people — and this is how we’re going to get them.
- What is sustainability and why does it matter to Canadian agriculture?
- The next big thing in Canadian agriculture is: _______.
- How can we educate urban populations about where our food comes from and the industry standards involved?
For more information, go to the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture website.