National youth speaking competition now open

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Food fraud, ways to feed the world, and myth busting are among the topics for this year’s Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

The national speaking competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24 who have passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country, or in the city. There are two categories (junior and senior) 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. 2. The senior winner receives $1,000 and the junior winner $500.

This year’s questions are:

  • How can aquaculture support the earth’s growing population?
  • Food fraud: Do you know what you’re eating?
  • Are GMOs the solution to food security?
  • The benefits and challenges of adopting new technologies on the farm.
  • Can Canadian agriculture survive in an age of increased protectionism and globalization?
  • What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
  • Bust a common myth in Canadian agriculture.

Nearly 1,000 young people have competed for the junior and senior titles since the competition began in 1985. Albertans have been on a roll in the contest, winning the senior title for the past four years in a row.

For more information or to register, go to the CYSA website.

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