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Just as important, education builds trust about our food and the importance of supporting local producers.
That’s why I’m so interested in the Youth Agriculture Education Program, which is part of the new, streamlined Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
It supports development and delivery of agriculture education programs that are science-based and linked to Alberta’s curriculum. The program helps students engage in conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.
A number of groups may apply for grants through the Youth Agriculture Education Program. These include:
- School districts
- Incorporated not-for profit organizations
- Agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act
- Commodity groups
- Universities and colleges
- Municipalities collaborating with an agricultural group.
These groups can use funding to develop new agriculture education programs, expand or adapt existing programs aimed at kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
I really hope the program inspires students to have meaningful, critical, and informed conversations about agriculture.
Learn how you can apply for a grant and find out more about the Youth Agriculture Education Program.
Together, we can build the next generation of Alberta farmers and educate young Albertans about the importance of local agriculture.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that began in April 2018. In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.