The Canadian government is giving up to $2.1 million to three organizations to support development opportunities for Canadian youth in agriculture, a May 9 news release says. The funds are being distributed under the AgriCompetitiveness Program.
“These three projects provide our next generation of farmers with opportunities to learn and develop their leadership skills. As they move toward their full potential, they are supporting the vitality of agriculture for future generations to come,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release.
The Canadian 4-H Council will receive up to $1.8 million over two years to develop new curriculum and resources that empower youth through leadership programs, aimed at growing their practical knowledge and skills in key areas concerning Canadian agriculture, the release says.
The Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum will receive up to $195,168 over two years to build industry capacity and provide training and education to young farmers across Canada.
Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers will receive up to $119,724 over two years to support its seven regional recognition events, as well as its three-day national recognition event, the release says. Funding will also be used to increase agriculture awareness and support the continued positive growth of public trust in the agricultural sector.