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Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture winners announced

Nov. 12, 2014 - The 2014 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition winners were announced Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Noah Burnett from Cormack, N.L., took first place in the Junior competition with his speech discussing why he will choose a career in agriculture. First runner-up was Jyllian Kaliciak from Bracken, Sask., and second runner-up was Maxwell Archer from Mt. Pleasant, Ont.

Ashley Knapton from Almonte, Ont., placed first in the Senior competition with her speech on why social media is an opportunity farmers cannot ignore. First runner-up was Rachel Lee from Langley, B.C., and second runner-up was Andrea Soesbergen from Dundee, Que.

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. This year marked the 30th anniversary of CYSA's public speaking competition.

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