Ag Canada launches youth council; applications now open

The federal government has opened the application process for the first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

In a press release, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the Council will identify new and emerging issues, enable on-going dialogue on challenges and opportunities, share information and best practices, and provide advice on the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The Council will meet twice a year, and additional meetings will be held online. It will provide a forum for members to work with the agriculture minister, experienced public servants, and national organizations. Council members will also have the opportunity to participate at roundtables and discussions, as well as in important government and industry events.

Those interested must be within the ages of 18 to 30, and AAFC says membership will be diverse, national, and include representation from Indigenous communities.

A group of young Canadians will provide valuable advice on agriculture and agri-food issues that matter most to them – everything from sustainable agriculture, market diversification and innovation, to the digital shift, intergenerational transfers and mental health, AAFC says.

Those interested can apply by visiting www.agr.gc.ca/youth and completing an online application. The application deadline is February 14, 2020.

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