Youth in Agriculture
Youth and young farmers between 18 and 39 are the future of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Your fresh ideas and approaches will help build a strong, innovative sector ready to meet the changing needs of tomorrow, which is why we want your input on future programs and services.
Next Agricultural Policy Framework
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are currently working together to develop the next set of policies and programs to ensure Canada's farmers and food processors continue to grow their businesses and stay competitive. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is actively engaging with stakeholders and industry groups to learn more about their priorities moving forward.
Youth play an important role in these consultations and we want to hear about the distinct challenges and opportunities you face as a young or beginning farmer, and what you would like to see included in future programs and services.
So join the conversation and share your experiences and ideas for the Next Agricultural Policy Framework.
Programs and services
The following programs provide funding and support to help your business continue to innovate and remain competitive.
Provides producers with a cash advance based on the value of their agricultural products.
Funds internships for post-secondary graduates in the agriculture industry focusing on environmental projects.
Offers protection against production losses caused by hail,drought, flooding, disease and other natural hazards.
Offers protection against declines in farm income as a result of low prices, rising input costs and production losses.
Helps cover income declines and supports investments that help mitigate risks.
Increases availability of loans to new and existing farmers to establish, improve or develop their farms.
Provides employers with $20,000 for internships to graduates in agriculture and veterinary medicine.
You can also use AgPal to find agriculture-related federal, provincial and territorial programs and services that are relevant to your needs.
Your provincial or territorial government may also offer other programs and services for young and beginning farmers.
Training and learning
AgCareers provides access to post-secondary and continuing education programs in North America.
AgriTalent is a database of agriculture training and learning programs offered across Canada.
The Association’s page lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.
Lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.
Offers free events tailored for anyone involved with Canadian agriculture, as well as a Young Farmer Loan.
Matches you with established farmers for mentoring relationships, business partnerships, employment or land transfers.
Organizations and resources
4-H Canada is an organization for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.
Researches and develops solutions to the challenges in employment and skills development in agriculture.
A national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and workers.
Awards and recognizes young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession.
Provides education, leadership training and capacity building for young agriculture producers in Canada.
Provides access to over 900 economic, social, and demographic indicators.
A national organization dedicated to providing resources to enable Canadian farmers to make sound management decisions.
Government of Canada activities and initiatives
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