Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced the names of the members who will form 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.
The Ministry of 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. Together, this second cohort of the Youth Council represents sub sectors from across the 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.
The minister said she was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the first cohort of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council and looked forward to working with this new group.
“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”, she said.
Laura Steiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Milton Reporter, Milton Reporter