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Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture celebrates 30 years

Oct. 31, 2014 - This year marks the 30th edition of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition. And, for the first time in its history, the CYSA can call itself a coast-to-coast competition.

Participants from every province will make their way to Toronto, Ont., for this year's competition on November 8, being held at the Royal Winter Fair.

"Since the inception of CYSA in 1985, the competition has grown into the premier agricultural youth speaking forum in Canada", said CYSA board president Richard Kuntz in a news release. "With this year's line-up of exciting topics, the competition promises to once again present a high caliber event featuring agricultural leaders of tomorrow."

This year's speeches will include youth perspectives on topics ranging from the critical role of farm succession planning; the responsibility Canadian farmers have as stewards of the land; Canadian farm success stories; capitalizing on social media opportunities; and, why they have or will choose a career in agriculture.

Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture is a national, bilingual competition that gives participants an opportunity to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agri-food industry in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech. The competition is open to youth aged 11 to 24 with a passion for agriculture, whether raised on a farm, in the country or in the city.

For more information about CYSA visit www.cysa-joca.ca.