November 8, 2018 - There’s a lot of visiting going on in cattle barns between shows at the Royal. Old friends Paul Mastine and Ron Lounsbury reconnect in the beef barns.
Winners have been announced for the 2018 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) Competition, which took place recently at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
The Senior Champion was Emmett Sawyer, Acme, AB; First Runner-up: Shaughnessy Riordan, Pokeshaw, NB; Second Runner-up: Casey Riddle, Elmira, ON.
The Junior Champion was Nate Caughill, Melancthon, ON; First Runner-up: Carmen White, Claresholm, AB; Second Runner-up: Hunter Reid, Hafford, SK.
The 34th edition of CYSA welcomed 29 competitors, aged 11 to 24, from across Canada who offered their insights and solutions on a number of pre-chosen agricultural topics.
“One only has to listen to our participants to absorb the enthusiasm and motivation these young people have for agriculture and its future. It is infectious!”, said Ted Young, CYSA chair. “This is one of the main reasons that motivates the CYSA team to host this event year after year. It is so rewarding to see these young people share their passion and their stories. They made all of us feel so proud.”
The competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24 with a passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country or in the city.