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Two Manitobans Join New Canadian Youth Agricultural Council

A pair of Manitobans have been selected to help form the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.
 
They join 23 others announced Friday who represent a diverse mix of subsectors from across the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as from every province and the north. More than 800 applications were submitted for the roles.
 
Chantele Gouliquer brings experience in a multitude of areas of animal science, production and research in swine, poultry and dairy.
 
Easton Sellers, a young immigrant with an urban background who faces the challenges of starting up a farm business, with a career focus in mental health in the ag sector.
 
As a consultative body to agriculture and agri-food canada, the canadian agricultural youth council will have the opportunity to offer suggestions on government priorities, as well as identify problems and propose solutions on issues that matter most to them, all while developing leadership skills and building professional relationships.
 
"I'm looking forward to virtually meeting the members of the first-ever Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Each of these young leaders will bring a unique experience and perspective to the table. Together, the members will help shape the future of Canada's sustainable agricultural industry," said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
 
Council members will provide their insights on a variety of topics, which could include: how the sector is adapting to COVID-19, business risk management programs, sustainable agriculture, market diversification, skills and labour, intergenerational farm transfers, and mental health. The Council will meet multiple times annually, with a virtual inaugural meeting planned for August 2020.
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