In an effort to support the growing agriculture industry, more than $700,000 will be given to two programs that support leadership among young Canadian farmers. The Canadian Young Farmers Forum (CYFF) will receive $616,627 while Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program will receive $100,925.
The money, announced on Wednesday, falls under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriCompetiveness program.
“With this financial contribution, we will continue to support Canadian farmers, by offering networking opportunities, providing education on topics not found in a traditional classroom, leadership skills development and business management and planning preparedness training to help young farmers succeed in agriculture,” says Guenette Bautz, general manager of CYFF. “The CYFF is pleased to be able to continue to strive to support young farmers’, aged 18-40 from coast to coast, in a variety of capacities, along with the government of Canada.”
To break it down further, the money given to CYFF will go towards farm business management training, an outreach campaign, and social media activities within its organization. While the money given to COYF will go towards their three-day event that’s held each year to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture to Canada and its economy
“Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program appreciates Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s contribution to our national event,” says Carla Kaeding, program manager of COYF. “It is good to know that our federal government sees the importance of recognizing young farmers who excel in their profession and make a contribution to Canada and the world’s economy.”