Winners of 2014 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Competition Announced

This past Saturday, November 8th, saw the 2014 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition crown its winners at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
Noah Burnett, Junior CYSA winner
Noah Burnett, Junior CYSA winner

Noah Burnett from Cormack, Newfoundland, took first place in the Junior competition with his speech discussing why he will choose a career in agriculture. First runner-up was Jyllian Kaliciak from Bracken, Saskatchewan, and second runner-up was Maxwell Archer from Mt. Pleasant, Ontario.

Ashley Knapton from Almonte, Ontario, placed first in the Senior competition with her speech on why social media is an opportunity farmers cannot ignore. First runner-up was Rachel Lee from Langley, British Columbia and second runner-up was Andrea Soesbergen from Dundee, Quebec.

Related post: See last year’s senior winner discuss why farming should be taught in school

Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture is a national, bilingual competition that gives participants an opportunity to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agri-food industry in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech. This year also marked the 30th anniversary of CYSA’s public speaking competition. The event is supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food

Ashley Knapton, Senior winner with Richard Kuntz, CYSA President
Ashley Knapton, Senior winner with Richard Kuntz, CYSA President

Canada and 4-H Canada, and several other industry sponsors.

The CYSA 2015 competition topics are:

  • The biggest challenge facing Canadian agriculture today is…
  • What role should government play in assisting young people entering farm businesses?
  • Here’s how our changing climate is affecting Canadian agriculture.
  • This Canadian has significantly influenced agriculture.
  • The one thing modern Canadian farmers must have is…

For more information about CYSA visit

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