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Whether it’s drought, disease or critical consumers, farmers have proven they can respond effectively, says Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture winner Tia Schram.

Farmers’ ability to rise to a challenge never changes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tia Schram, 20, of Bruderheim, was the senior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition (which was held as a virtual event this year). Her topic was: Lessons learned over the last 25 years of agriculture — and how we can apply it to the next 25. Sustainability is the balance between meeting […] Read more

National speaking event cancelled this year

Reading Time: < 1 minute There was no debating this. Organizers of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture have cancelled the 2020 competition “in the interest of the safety and well-being” of its participants and volunteers. The 35-year-old event has seen more than 1,000 young people aged 11 to 24 compete for national honours at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair […] Read more


National youth speaking competition now open

Reading Time: < 1 minute Attracting talent, micro-food processing, and capitalizing on climate change are among the topics for the 2020 edition of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition. The national speaking contest is open to youth ages 11 to 24 who have a passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country, or in the city. […] Read more

Ryley Mappin was the junior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition this past fall. He was recently awarded junior champion at the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

Alberta youth awarded at agricultural speaking competition

Reading Time: < 1 minute Two Albertans took home top honours at the recent Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Ellie Stauffer from the Pincher Creek 4-H Club and a 4-H Alberta ambassador won senior champions honours while Ryley Mappin was named junior champion. (Mappin’s presentation for the provincial contest on how […] Read more



Alberta finishes first in national speaking competition

Reading Time: < 1 minute Emmett Sawyer of Acme took top spot in the senior division of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition. Sawyer was the 4-H representative for the province at the public speaking competition held annually at Ontario’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair since 1985. Carmen White of Claresholm was the runner-up in the junior division, which was won by […] Read more


Alberta speakers wow them with their words

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […] 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


Young Speakers registration now open

Deadline for entrants is Sept. 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute The deadline for entering the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition is Sept. 30, and the organization has a new website making it easier to register. The topics for 2016 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 […] Read more