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$2.1M invested in youth ag initiatives

4-H Canada, CYFF, COYF get boost to continue and improve programming.
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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has announced grants to three youth agricultural organizations to enhance programming and increase scope of operations.

OTTAWA —An investment of up to $2.1 million for three organizations to support development opportunities for Canadian youth in agriculture has been announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

With funds under the AgriCompetitiveness Program, these organizations will deliver programming and initiatives that help to develop the future generation of agricultural leaders.

Canadian 4-H Council (4-H Canada) 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. Through this project, 4-H Canada will reach an increased number of youth in diverse audiences, create new mentorship opportunities and advance awareness of Canadian agriculture, food literacy and careers in the agri-food sector.

Canadian Young Farmers' Forum (CYFF) will receive up to $195,168 over two years to build industry capacity and provide training and education to young farmers across Canada. With this support, CYFF will create new initiatives to address specific needs for the reality young farmers are facing today, in order to provide them with the additional knowledge and skills required to increase their operations' profitability and efficiency.

Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) 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. These events are held each year to recognize young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession and to promote the contribution of agriculture to Canada and its economy. Funding will also be used to increase agriculture awareness and support growth of public trust in the agricultural sector.