Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture Launches Youth Speaking Competition at Calgary Stampede

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 The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture (AYSA) has announced its inaugural public speaking competition for Albertan youth to share their passion about the agricultural industry. The competition will be held during the Calgary Stampede and offers youth ages 11-24 an opportunity to share their views in a speech on a topic important to Albertan and Canadian agriculture.

“We’re excited to announce the launch of this exciting communications competition for Albertan youth at the Calgary Stampede,” said Eric Dalke, AYSA co-founder. “We invite youth ages 11-24 to sign up and share their passion for the agricultural industry by speaking and sharing their views on Canadian agriculture.”

The competition will be held on July 13th during the Calgary Stampede and offers youth the opportunity to compete with a five to seven minute speech on topics important to the agricultural industry. Winners have the opportunity to win a cash prize of up to $1,000 and will be eligible to compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto.

The topics for the 2016 competition are:

• What is the impact of public opinion on Canadian farmers?
• How would you explain a GMO to a non-farmer?
• What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
• How can we improve the media’s perception of Canadian agriculture?
• Old MacDonald had a farm … But what about Mrs. MacDonald?

“Agriculture is a vital industry for Canada and Alberta and it’s important we develop future leaders to help this industry thrive,” said Dalke. “This competition is about giving the young leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed in Canadian agriculture.”