Local farmer on new national agricultural youth council

By Matthew Sylvester, Special to the Record

On July 24th, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the final selection results for the members of Canada’s new agricultural youth council. The 25 members that will make up the new council out of a total of 800 applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including at least one member from each province and the north, and five from throughout Québec.
The Youth Council will act as a consultative resource to Agriculture and Agri-Food, the body responsible for supporting Canadian agriculture. Members will have the chance to offer up solutions as well as identify problems in the agri-food sector, giving direct insight to policymakers from those directly affected by their programs.
“Each of these young leaders will bring a unique experience and perspective to the table.
Together, the members will help shape the future of Canada’s sustainable agricultural industry,” Bibeau said. The council was formed specifically to have a voice from as many different agricultural backgrounds as possible.
One of those select five council members is Compton-based egg farmer Samuel Lanctôt. The young entrepreneur is the operator of Ferme Boc-O Lanctôt, a Compton based egg farm and self-serve shop since 2019. He brings a master’s level education in animal sciences to the table.

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