An energetic group of young Winnipeg debaters will kick off Discover Agriculture in the City at the Forks Market in Winnipeg on Friday, March 16th at 9:30am. Discover Ag in the City gives the opportunity for students and adults alike to connect with agricultural representatives from across the industry. From the farm gate to the products they eat and use everyday, they will learn that Agriculture is all around you! Living in the city may feel a long way from the farm, but every day we eat, wear, drive, or touch a piece of agriculture.

The big event during the Friday morning kickoff will be a High School Show Debate. Student teams from Grey Academy and St. Mary’s Academy will debate that “Bio Fuels will be the way to a sustainable future”.  The debate will take place immediately after the opening ceremonies at 9:30am. Les Kletke will moderate what promises to be a fast paced and informative activity that will see four students squaring off against each other regarding the benefits and threats of Bio Fuels. All are welcome to attend.

Over 30 students from Winnipeg high schools will form the judging panel. Students will vote by applause to identify the team that presented the best vision for their future and declare a winner.

Following the debate the students will take part in a Discover Agriculture  Adventure. Students will work their way through the agriculture booths on display answering questions and gathering clues. Once they have gathered all of the clues they will work to decode the answer and quickly text it in to win great prizes.

Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba is dedicated to cultivating an interest in agriculture. This is easy as agriculture is such an integral part of Manitoba’s culture and an important part of everyday life.” says executive director Johanne Ross. “We enjoy engaging students through interactive, hands-on experiences that get them up close and personal with agriculture. The debate will bring a unique perspective and should be very informative and a lot of fun! We are thrilled to play a strong role at the Agriculture in the City event in Winnipeg.”

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