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Pandemic doesn’t curb passion of young speakers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop youth from across the province from standing up and speaking loud and clear about agriculture. The 2020 Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture event moved to a digital format this year after the pandemic cancelled the Calgary Stampede, where it is usually held. It presented a tough challenge for the […] Read more


The benefits that cattle provide the 
environment and the health benefits 
of beef need to be promoted, Ryley 
Mappin says in his prizewinning speech.

We need to let people know that raising cattle is a good thing

Junior winner in Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition wants to 'bust a myth'

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ryley Mappin, 14, of Byemoor was the junior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Calgary Stampede. He chose the topic: ‘Bust a myth in Canadian agriculture.’ “Oh give me a home, where the buffaloes roam, Where the deer and the antelope play,     Where seldom is heard, a discouraging […] Read more

There are many aspects to sustainability in beef production but the foundation is much like the 4-H pledge to take proper care of animals in our care, says Carmen White.

Sustainable beef will become the new standard for producers worldwide

Reading Time: 3 minutes Carmen White, 15, of Claresholm was the junior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Calgary Stampede. Her topic was: What is sustainability and why does it matter to Canadian agriculture? Canadian agriculture is constantly evolving to meet the needs of society. Beef producers, like myself and my family, have a […] Read more





young farmer touching ripe golden wheat in field

Win $1,000 in young speakers competition

Deadline for applications is June 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Young Albertans have a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto. Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture will hold its second annual public speaking competition on July 12 during the Calgary Stampede. The event offers young people an opportunity to share their views in a speech […] Read more

Emily Ritchie’s prizes included a $1,000 cheque, presented by Eric Dalke and 
Deb Hart of the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

Passion and drive allow farmers to overcome any hurdle

Reading Time: 3 minutes Emily Ritchie of Turner Valley was the senior winner in the first annual Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Calgary Stampede for her speech on the challenges facing the next generation of farmers. How many of you have a cellphone in your pocket? This is a new phenomenon but as times change, technology […] Read more


Aleri Swalwell received a buckle, ribbon, and $500 prize from Eric Dalke, 
founder of the  Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

Discover the power of social media – and use it

Reading Time: 3 minutes Aleri Swalwell of Strathmore was the junior winner in the first annual Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Calgary Stampede for her speech on how farmers can use social media. Tweet — post — blog — viral — hashtag — inbox — bookmark — surf — hack — thread. Fifteen years ago these […] Read more

New speech competition for young Albertans

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture is holding an inaugural public speaking competition for Alberta youth to share their passion about the agricultural industry. The competition will be held during the Calgary Stampede on July 13 and offers youth ages 11 to 24 an opportunity to share their views on a topic important to agriculture. […] Read more