On Tuesday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau launched the application period for the second cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.
Bibeau made the announcement at the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Food Futures Conference on Canadian Agriculture Day, in the presence of members of the Council’s first cohort.
The 18-month term of the second cohort will officially begin in the summer of 2022 and will be made up of new and returning members. It will remain diverse, with members from across the country, including regional and Indigenous representation.
The Youth Council meets regularly with Minister Bibeau, as well as representatives of the ministry, to discuss the issues that most concern young people working in the agricultural and agri-food sectors and to advise them on policies and programs related to agriculture.
The Canadian Agricultural Youth Council has already provided valuable input on important issues impacting the sector, including sustainable agriculture, understanding the challenges of the urban-rural divide, and how best to attract young people. in the sector, which is particularly important at a time of labor shortages. In addition, the Council’s recommendations also helped develop the Government of Canada’s new AgriCommunication initiative, which aims to help people better understand how their food is produced, while enabling the sector to better understand consumer expectations.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who work or study in the agriculture and agri-food value chain and who want to shape the future of the sector are encouraged to apply here.
The application deadline is March 22, 2022.