Courtney Jordan of Beausejour, Manitoba wins first-place in the 28th annual Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition
The competition took place Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Courtney (pictured below, right) had earned a spot in the competition by winning a speaking compeition put on by Agiculture in the Classroom at the Discover Agriculture in the City event held this past March.
Jordan’s topic for the competition was: “Reading, Writing and Agriculture: Should Agriculture Be In The Curriculum?”
In total, 34 competitors from five provinces took part in the senior competition, with Jordan receiving a cash prize of $1,000.
Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture is a national, bilingual competition that gives participants an opportunity to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agri-food industry in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech.
Since the first competition was held at the Royal Winter Fair in honour of the International Year of the Youth in 1985, it has gone on to become the premier public speaking event in Canada for young people interested in agriculture, with more than 900 participants in total over the years.