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Youth speaking competition explores issues facing agriculture

Each year Alberta youth have a unique opportunity to explore some of the big issues facing food and agriculture while polishing their public speaking skills.

The Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture speaking competition is open to young Albertans who are passionate about the agriculture industry and want to hone their speaking skills. Held annually in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, the competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24.

“The competition provides participants the opportunity to grow confidence in public speaking as well as opportunity to win a cash prize for their efforts,” explained Craig Lester, Alberta Young Speakers in Agriculture president. “In addition, the opportunity to connect with other youth and industry leaders in agriculture provides a unique opportunity for Albertan youth.”

Participants speak for five to seven minutes on one of seven pre-selected topics. There are two age categories: junior – for youth 11 to 15 and senior – for youth 16 to 24.

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