Attention, anyone who loves agriculture and public speaking. The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition is back at the Calgary Stampede for a second year.
"We're hoping for about 20 to 30 competitors; we had about that many last year and we had a really good response and good turnout," reported contest organizer Eric Dalke. "We've divided the competition between junior and senior competitors, so we're hoping to at least meet or exceed that number this year."
The contestants will speak on one of five topics: Working in agriculture is more than just farming; Does digital farming have a place in the future of Canadian agriculture?; Farm gate to dinner plate, the importance of food trade stability for Canadian consumers; How will we feed the nine billion people by 2050?; and Food waste, what is the global impact and who is responsible for making a change?
"Farming is, of course, about doing farming itself, but it's also about more than just the farm gate," argued Dalke. "We want to provide the opportunity for youth, both from a farm and maybe off the farm, but that want to talk and share their passion for agriculture, to get out there and make a difference."
"It's such an important industry for Alberta," he stressed. "Alberta is a leader in Canada, I think the second largest ag producer so, whether you're on the farm or working in the agriculture industry off the farm, we find that youth have something to say and they're really quite passionate about the industry."
The competition is open to males and females ages 11 to 24. To learn more or to register for this year's Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture, follow this link.