Federal government announces $2.1 million for youth in agriculture

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Canada’s young farmers are helping to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector through their leadership and innovative contributions, which is why the federal government has announced up to $2.1 million for three organizations to support development opportunities for Canadian youth in agriculture.

With funds under the AgriCompetitiveness Program, these organizations will deliver important programming and initiatives that help to develop the future generation of agricultural leaders.

Canadian 4-H Council (4-H Canada) will receive up to $1.8 million over two years, to develop new curriculum and resources that empower youth through leadership programs, aimed at growing their practical knowledge and skills in key areas concerning Canadian agriculture.

Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum (CYFF) will receive up to $195,168 over two years to build industry capacity and provide training and education to young farmers across Canada.

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) will receive up to $119,724 over two years, to support its seven regional recognition events, as well as its three-day national recognition event.

Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says Canadian youth are the future of our sector.

“These three projects provide our next generation of farmers with opportunities to learn and develop their leadership skills. As they move toward their full potential, they are supporting the vitality of agriculture for future generations to come,” says Minister Bibeau.

The funding announced is provided through a federal investment under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership’s AgriCompetitiveness Program, which helps the agricultural sector leverage, coordinate, and build on existing capacity, enhance safety, adapt to changing commercial and regulator environments, seize new opportunities, share best practices, and provide mentorship opportunities.

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