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Lacombe 4-H’er wins young speakers award

David McTaggart
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David MacTaggart from Lacombe took top honours in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto earlier this month.

MacTaggart is a seven-year member and secretary of the Central Lacombe 4-H Beef Club.

This year’s competition featured 26 competitors aged 11 to 24 from across the country. MacTaggart won the senior division while Ontario’s Denesh Peramakumar was the junior champion.

The winners and runners-up were awarded their honours by Governor General David Johnston.

The competition, held since 1985, is open to all youth with a passion for agriculture. Speeches are five to seven minutes long, and next year’s topics for the seniors’ competition are:

  • What is the impact of public opinion on Canadian farmers?
  • How would you explain a GMO to a non-farmer?
  • What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
  • How can we improve the media’s perception of Canadian agriculture?
  • Old MacDonald had a farm… But what about Mrs. MacDonald?

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