Gov’t of Canada invests in its young farm­ers

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Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada an­nounced an in­vest­ment of more than $700,000 un­der the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship’s AgriCom­petive­ness Pro­gram for two projects that sup­port lead­er­ship in Canada’s young farm­ers.

The Cana­dian Young Farm­ers Fo­rum will re­ceive $616,627 to pro­vide young Cana­dian farm­ers with busi­ness ca­pac­ity skills as well as learn­ing, networking and peer sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease the prof­itabil­ity and ef­fi­ciency of their op­er­a­tions. Ac­tiv­i­ties un­der this project will in­clude farm busi­ness man­age­ment train­ing, an out­reach cam­paign, and so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties. Canada’s Out­stand­ing Young Farm­ers Pro­gram will also re­ceive $100,925 to­wards their three-day na­tional recog­ni­tion event. This event is held each year to rec­og­nize young farm­ers that ex­em­plify ex­cel­lence in their pro­fes­sion and pro­mote the con­tri­bu­tion of agri­cul­ture to Canada and its econ­omy. Seven re­gional com­pe­ti­tions lead up to the na­tional event where farm­ers be­tween the ages of 18 and 39 are nom­i­nated by peers and in­dus­try based on how their farm busi­ness has de­vel­oped, used in­no­va­tions, solved en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, ex­em­pli­fied best fi­nan­cial and busi­ness man­age­ment, farm safety and cre­ated pub­lic trust.

“The fu­ture of agri­cul­ture lies in the hands of the new gen­er­a­tion and that is why our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing young farm­ers. We are proud to sup­port the Cana­dian Young Farm­ers Fo­rum and Canada’s Out­stand­ing Young Farm­ers Pro­gram – both pro­vide in­valu­able networking, men­tor­ing and skills train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. We also en­cour­age young farm­ers to take lead­er­ship roles in the sec­tor and share their per­spec­tives to help strengthen our in­no­va­tive agri­cul­tural sec­tor across Canada,” said Bibeau. “Canada’s Out­stand­ing Young Farm­ers Pro­gram ap­pre­ci­ates Agri­cul­ture and Agri­Food Canada’s con­tri­bu­tion to our na­tional event. 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 the Canada and the world’s econ­omy. The fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion al­lows farm­ers from across Canada to meet and share their ideas.” added Carla Kaed­ing, Pro­gram Man­ager, Canada’s Out­stand­ing Young Farmer Pro­gram.

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