The Government of Canada is investing in the next generation of agricultural leaders


OTTAWA (ON), May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – from Canada young farmers help strengthen our agriculture and agri-food sector through their leadership and innovative contributions. Today, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of up to $2.1 million for three organizations to support development opportunities for young Canadians in agriculture.

With funds from the AgriCompetitiveness program, these organizations will deliver important programs and initiatives that will help train the next generation of agricultural leaders.

The Canadian 4-H Council (4-H Canada) will receive up to $1.8 million over two years to develop a new curriculum and resources that empower youth through leadership programs, aimed at increasing their practical knowledge and skills in key areas of Canadian agriculture. Through this project, 4-H Canada will reach more youth in diverse audiences, create new mentorship opportunities, and raise awareness of Canadian agriculture, food literacy, and exciting careers in the agri-food sector.

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 through Canada. With this support, CYFF is creating new initiatives to meet the specific needs of the reality young farmers face today, to provide them with the additional knowledge and skills needed to increase the profitability and efficiency of their operations.

from Canada 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. These events are held annually to recognize young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession and to promote agriculture’s tremendous contribution to Canada and its economy. The funding will also be used to increase awareness of agriculture and support the continued positive growth of public confidence in the agricultural sector.

Young farmers are passionate and enterprising, eagerly leading the way with new perspectives to meet the changing needs of tomorrow. The government of Canada will continue to support opportunities for young people who secure the future of from Canada agricultural sector and ensuring a resilient food supply chain.


“Young Canadians are the future of our sector. These three projects provide opportunities for our next generation of farmers to learn and develop their leadership skills. As they grow towards their full potential, they support the vitality of agriculture for future generations. “
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“4-H Canada is grateful for AAFC’s support as it allows us to empower even more young people through Canada. From speaking engagements to internships to outreach activities focused on innovation, inclusion, business excellence and growth, our goal is to empower young people to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders who make positive changes in the world around them.”
Shannon BennerCEO, 4-H Canada

“We appreciate AAFC’s matching contribution to our organization’s activities as it will be used for a variety of learning opportunities. The goal is to create outstanding young agriculture advocates by developing strong leaders, empowering young women and men and other diverse groups, and addressing mental health and business planning, so that our young farmers can remain resilient for years to come. »
Guenette Bautzgeneral manager, canadian young farmers Forum

from Canada The Outstanding Young Farmer Program appreciates AAFC’s continued support. Their financial support enables the program to showcase outstanding young farmers (ages 18-39) who exemplify excellence in Canadian agriculture at its seven regional recognition events and its annual national event. We appreciate being able to share recognition events virtually and post them on our website and social media. This is great ‘good news’ worth sharing with the public. »
Steve CooperChair, from Canada Outstanding Young Farmers

Fast facts

  • The funding announced today comes from a federal investment through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriCompetitiveness program, which helps the agricultural sector leverage, coordinate and develop existing capacity, improve security, adapt to changing business and regulatory environments, seize new opportunities and share best practices, and provide opportunities for mentorship.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year partnership $3 billion investments by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • Established over 100 years ago, 4-H Canada is one of the most respected positive youth development organizations in the country. 4-H in Canada has more than 23,500 members and 7,800 volunteers.
  • canadian young farmers Forum is a national, not-for-profit organization established in 1997. Working with 11 provincial/territorial young farmer associations, it provides development opportunities for young farmers aged 18-40 through Canada.
  • from Canada The Outstanding Young Farmers program recognizes young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession. This is an annual competition, open to participants between the ages of 18 and 39. Seven regional competitions lead to the national event where two national winners are chosen each year.

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For further information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, [email protected], 343-541-9229; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]


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