Building the public's trust requires engagement and collaboration across the entire food system, of which youth have the potential to play a unique and important role. Young people are influential within their communities and will be the next leaders of the agricultural sector. It is important that young producers and professionals have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and networks in order to take on these important roles.
The aging demographic of Saskatchewan's agriculture industry also pose a threat to industry growth. Industry organizations, boards and commissions experience challenges in recruiting and retaining producers on their boards, and industry regularly communicates their need for support in engaging and training young people to take on leadership roles.
The Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program aims to provide young people within the industry the skills and experience necessary to take on these roles.
The program is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and is administered by Canadian Western Agribition. Please visit www.agribition.com for more information and to apply.