Youth in Agriculture

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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.

Advance Payments Program

Provides producers with a cash advance based on the value of their agricultural products.

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

Funds internships for post-secondary graduates in the agriculture industry focusing on environmental projects.

AgriInsurance

Offers protection against production losses caused by hail,drought, flooding, disease and other natural hazards.

AgriStability

Offers protection against declines in farm income as a result of low prices, rising input costs and production losses.

AgriInvest

Helps cover income declines and supports investments that help mitigate risks.

Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program

Increases availability of loans to new and existing farmers to establish, improve or develop their farms.

Career Focus Program

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

AgCareers provides access to post-secondary and continuing education programs in North America.

AgriTalent

AgriTalent is a database of agriculture training and learning programs offered across Canada.

Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs

The Association’s page lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.

Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Lists educational institutions offering agricultural programs.

Farm Credit Canada

Offers free events tailored for anyone involved with Canadian agriculture.

Farm Link

Matches you with established farmers for mentoring relationships, business partnerships, employment or land transfers.

Organizations and resources

4-H Canada

4-H Canada is an organization for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

Researches and develops solutions to the challenges in employment and skills development in agriculture.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

A national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and workers.

Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers Program

Awards and recognizes young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession.

Canadian Young Farmers' Forum

Provides education, leadership training and capacity building for young agriculture producers in Canada.

Community Information Database

Provides access to over 900 economic, social, and demographic indicators.

Farm Management Canada

A national organization dedicated to providing resources to enable Canadian farmers to make sound management decisions.

Government of Canada activities and initiatives

The Prime Ministers Youth Council logo

If you are aged 16 to 24, you have until October 7 to join the second wave of members who will meet with the Prime Minister in 2017.

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Scholarships, paying for your education, budgeting tips and paying off student debt.

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Our creativity and resourcefulness define us. Innovation is a Canadian value. It's in our nature, and now more than ever, it will create jobs, drive growth and improve the lives of all Canadians.

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