August 16, 2022 By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
On Aug. 11, Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the names of the second cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council (CAYC). The inaugural meeting of this new group of 25 young people will be held later this summer. The members of this cohort will serve 18-month terms.
“I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the first cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council and look forward to working with this new group,” Bibeau said. “Young people’s perspectives on issues such as sustainable agriculture, innovation, intergenerational transfers, mental health and work-life balance allow us to shape the sector’s future in their image.”
The council was created in July 2020 with a group of 25 young people representing the diversity of the agriculture and agri-food sub-sectors, as well as each province and the North.
Young farmers are committed, energetic, passionate and full of ideas on the future of the agriculture and agri-food sector. To build on these strengths, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has given the council the mandate to make recommendations and help find solutions to issues facing young people in the agricultural sector.
The renewed council will see 15 new faces joining the ten returning members serving a second term. This second cohort of the CAYC represents subsectors from across the Canadian agriculture and agri-food value chain.
The council’s main task is to ensure that the perspectives of youth in agriculture are well understood, and to help inform on policy, programs, planning and decision-making. The views of Canadian young people are vital in developing government policy and programs that meet the needs of future generations.
To learn more about the council and the individual members, visit the CAYC website.
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