Youth agriculture council selected

Canada selects youth council for agriculture. (Image courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

The new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council is made up of 25 young people from across the country and will act as a consultative body to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The 25 people were chosen out of 800 applications and represent a mix of sub sectors from the province’s and territories.

The Youth Council will have the opportunity to offer suggestions on Government priorities, as well as identify problems and propose solutions on issues that matter most to them, all while developing leadership skills and building professional relationships.

Members will also provide their insights on a variety of topics, which could include: how the sector is adapting to COVID-19, business risk management programs, sustainable agriculture, market diversification, skills and labour, intergenerational farm transfers, and mental health. The Council will meet multiple times annually, with a virtual inaugural meeting planned for August 2020.

There are a four members from Ontario, including Gordon Bell who is a scholar in the Climate Smart Soils program at the University of Guelph.