Gov’t of Canada invests in its young farmers
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.