A successful Canadian agricultural youth group is looking for new members

In a short time, the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council has provided valuable feedback on issues affecting the sector, such as sustainable agriculture, understanding the issues of urban-rural separation, and how best to engage young people in the sector, which is particularly important. important in times of labor shortage. The Council’s recommendations also helped develop Canada’s new Agricultural Communications Initiative, which aims to help consumers better understand how their food is produced, while providing the sector with a deeper understanding of consumer expectations.

The Youth Council meets regularly with Minister Bibo, as well as with department officials, to discuss issues that are most important to young people working in agriculture and the agri-food industry, and to advise on agricultural policies and programs.

Formed in July 2020, the Youth Council is a group of 25 young non-partisan volunteers selected from more than 800 applications received, representing diverse subsectors of agriculture and the agri-food sector, as well as from each province and territory.

Young Canadians aged 18 to 30 working or studying agriculture and the agricultural value chain who are interested in shaping the future of the sector are invited to apply here. The application deadline is March 22, 2022.

The application process includes a number of questions about each candidate’s experience in agriculture and agri-food, a short essay on the significant problem facing young people in this field, and how they proposed to solve it.

The 18-month term of the second cohort begins in the summer of 2022 and will consist of new members and returned members. Up to 14 new members are expected to replace about half of the current membership, and will be joined by a selection of members returning from the first cohort to form Cohort 2 Cohort with a maximum of 25 members.

Those interested can find out more at Canadian Agricultural Youth Council website.

To apply for membership in the second cohort, check application form.

Jerry Boss, co-chair of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, has certainly found value in participating in the group.

“As co-chair of the Council, and also as a farmer, I saw the significant progress we have made during the first term of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. The future of the sector depends on a strong flow of ideas – in both directions – between young people and those who develop public policies and programs. A successful Canadian agricultural youth group is looking for new members

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