Agriculture Youth Council holds first meeting

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Glacier FarmMedia – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, hosted the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council on Sept. 3.

The 25-member council is sharing with the minister their aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous agriculture and agri-food sector.

The council is expected to offer suggestions for the Liberal government recovery plan as the country moves out from COVID-19 restrictions.

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Members of the council were announced in July, and the first meeting was held virtually due to the pandemic. According to a press release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the future of the sector, sustainable agriculture, rural vitality, labour and mental health were all discussed.

It is expected members of the council will also be meeting with senior department officials.

“Members will have the opportunity to offer suggestions on government priorities, as well as to identify problems and propose solutions on a wide range of important issues, all while developing leadership skills and building professional relationships,” said an AAFC’s news release.

The 25 youth sitting on the committee were selected from a pool of more than 800 applicants and include four from Ontario.

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D.C. Fraser is Glacier FarmMedia’s Ottawa-based reporter. Growing up mostly in Alberta, Fraser also lived in Saskatchewan for ten years where he covered politics, including a stint teaching at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. He is an avid fan of the outdoors and a pretty good beer league hockey player. His passion for agriculture and agri-food policy comes naturally: Six consecutive generations of his family have worked in the industry.

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