Each year Alberta youth have a unique opportunity to explore some of the big issues facing food and agriculture while polishing their public speaking skills.

The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture speaking competition is open to young Albertans who are passionate about the agriculture industry and want to hone their speaking skills. Held annually in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, the competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24.

“The competition provides participants the opportunity to grow confidence in public speaking as well as opportunity to win a cash prize for their efforts,” explained Craig Lester, Alberta Young Speakers in Agriculture president. “In addition, the opportunity to connect with other youth and industry leaders in agriculture provides a unique opportunity for Albertan youth.”

Participants speak for five to seven minutes on one of seven pre-selected topics. There are two age categories: junior – for youth 11 to 15 and senior – for youth 16 to 24.

This year’s topics are:

  • The implications of supply chain issues on Canada’s food supply.
  • Rising global water and temperature levels: What does it mean for agriculture?
  • Unexpected careers: Here are three jobs you didn’t know were linked to agriculture.
  • Alternative agriculture: What opportunities await Canadian farmers?
  • Is local food sustainable?
  • Why the world is eating more fish and what it means for Canadian aquaculture.
  • I realized I wanted a career in agriculture when ______________.

The top speaker in the junior competition receives $500, while the top speaker in the senior competition receives $1,000. There are additional prizes in both categories.

“This is a one of a kind opportunity for youth in Alberta to speak about agriculture and showcase their skills on a provincial and national stage,” said Lester. “Winners of the competition are invited to compete in Toronto at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.”

Showcase your skills

For more information, please see the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture website at www.albertayoungspeakers.com/albertayoungspeakers. Youth interested in participating can register at https://www.albertayoungspeakers.com/registration.

Registrations close July 13 and the competition takes place July 16 at the Calgary Stampede.