Debunking myths in agriculture and food fraud just two of the topics that youth from across the province passionately spoke about during the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Calgary Stampede.

When the dust settled, 21-year-old Jordan Vos from Burdett, Alberta won the senior division, while 14-year-old Ryley Mappin went home as the winner of the junior division.

Vos says these events allow youth to stand up for agriculture.

“Be an Agvocate, talk for agriculture and give your point of view as a younger person, we find we have a lot of the older generation represented, but because the younger generation is a lot more technological we need to be out there giving our voice, especially on social media and through events like these,” said Vos.


These events are more important than ever as they spread the word about agriculture, said junior winner Mappin, who comes from a long line of farmers and plans to carry on the tradition.

“I just want to keep on going, because my Grandpa farmed, my Dad farmed and I plan on taking over the farm one day,” said Mappin.

When Vos was asked how she felt about placing first she replied that she had butterflies and nerves as well as excited.

“I was kinda nervous and hoping that I could get in there, but honestly I just enjoy public speaking and I have the opportunity to do it for a few years.”

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The event offered youth ages 11 to 24 an opportunity to share their views on a topic important to Albertan and Canadian agriculture.

Both Vos and Mappin received prize money and airfare to compete in the national Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in November.

Mappin has some advice for those who are thinking about taking part in the event but might be a little unsure of themselves.

“Just go for it, try your best and have fun with it.”

For more information on Alberta Young Speakers click here.



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