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The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture to hold annual competition via Zoom July 14

Last Updated May 21, 2021 at 8:20 pm MDT

Photo credit: Courtesy Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture

CALGARY — Youth will be speaking up for agriculture come mid-July.

It will all be part of the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture (AYSA) competition set to take place via Zoom on July 14.

It will be the second year in a row the event will go virtual due to COVID-19.

“We had a good number of competitors who competed again from across Alberta, and it was a change for us with the COVID pandemic,” said AYSA Chair Eric Dalke. “We obviously had to switch gears a little bit with our competition, but it really went off well, it went off without a hitch, we had students and youth submit videos in terms of the participation format last year.”

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The competition will be for those aged 11 to 24.

Dalke says youth who have taken part in the event have used it as a springboard into careers in agriculture.

“Our alumni is incredible, we’ve got dozens of alumni across Alberta and across western Canada really, and youth who are involved in agriculture and the agriculture business both and primary production, folks have gone back to the farm and worked at home on their home family farm, but also people who have gone into agricultural communications, agricultural business, working with large agricultural farm companies.”

Registration for the event is now open.