Canadian Agricultural Youth Council takes action on food security, sustainability and workforce challenges

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OTTAWA (ON), June 29, 2022 /CNW/ – The term of the first cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council came to an end on Tuesday with a final virtual meeting with the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. This group of 21 young Canadians aged 30 and under represents a diverse mix of people from agriculture and agri-food sub-sectors, as well as from all provinces and the North.

Under the chairmanship of Jerry Bosa dairy producer New Brunswick, Council members met regularly to provide advice on food-related challenges and opportunities, as well as to share information and best practices. Their work ensured that the perspectives of young people in agriculture were well understood. The Council’s mandate – written by the members themselves – included promoting agricultural career development, awareness and education, and climate change mitigation.

One of the cornerstones of their mandate was to provide feedback on their vision for AAFC Next Agricultural policy framework. The framework will set the course for the sector beyond 2028, and input from young people on current and potential challenges and opportunities facing the sector has been (and continues to be) sought.

Council members also acted as a sounding board for the design of the AgriCommunication Programadvising on concrete ways for the program to build public and consumer confidence and raise awareness of the many sustainable food and farming practices in Canada. They also exchanged ideas on making from Canada agriculture and agri-food sector more competitive, and how to transfer knowledge between generations and from producers to consumers.

As part of the government of from Canada In an effort to work toward a more sustainable global food system, various Council members have helped bring the perspective of young Canadians to other forums, including AAFC’s Sector Tables and various UN Food System Summits and FAO Dialogues. This gave them the opportunity to talk about the importance of supporting young people in food and agriculture, as well as to inform from Canada position on young people in agriculture and agribusiness.

An announcement on the 15 successful candidates for the second cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council is expected in the coming weeks. The second cohort will consist of these new members as well as some returning members. Together, they will bring together a cross-section of young Canadians passionate about food and agriculture, reflecting from Canada regional and demographic diversity. They will serve on the Board for an 18-month term.

Young Canadians are dynamic, engaged and passionate about the future of the agriculture and agri-food sector. By providing a forum for the next generation to propose innovative and fresh ideas, young Canadians are able to play an active role in the decisions that will shape their future.

Quotation

“I want to sincerely thank all of the young leaders who have given their time and been fully committed to the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Your perspectives are inspiring and you have contributed to decisions that will have an impact from Canada next generation of farmers. Together, you have shaped the future of our industry. Once again thank you.”

– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

from Canada The agricultural sector is a world leader because of its innovation, resilience and forward-thinking. The Canadian Agricultural Youth Council embodies these qualities and works closely with government and industry to advise on where we believe the future of Canadian agriculture is headed. While on the Youth Council, my understanding of the sector grew and I felt proud to represent the youth perspective. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to build a better future for the next generation of food and agriculture professionals.”

Jerry Bosco-chair of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council and owner of Boscenic Farms

Fast facts

  • The first cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council was announced on July 24, 2020.
  • Along with the Premier’s Youth Council, the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council is another means by which the Government of Canada hear directly from young people about issues that matter to them.

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