CONNECT with agricultural producers
LEARN from industry mentors
ADVOCATE for positive changes
Each year APAS offers the APAS Young Leaders (AYL) program presented by FCC to agricultural producers between the ages of 18 and 40.
AYL supports young Saskatchewan producers to become industry leaders by providing opportunities for learning and networking in the areas of agricultural policy and advocacy.
APAS is proud to have brought on FCC as a partner for the YLMP in 2023.
APAS Young Leaders' Background
The AYL program presented by FCC was established in 2014 and is open to Saskatchewan producers between the ages of 18 and 40. The program aims to help young producers gain valuable experience, take advantage of networking opportunities, and develop the skills necessary to become a future industry leader.
Participants are matched up with a farm leader over the age of 40 in a mentee-mentor relationship. Participants also attend APAS meetings and the APAS AGM, and when possible the CFA AGM in Ottawa.
Young producers are the future of agriculture and a priority for APAS. In 2016, participants in the Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program asked for and received the support at the APAS Annual General Meeting to set up their own Policy Committee: the APAS Young Agricultural Producers Committee, or ‘YAP.’ Participants in AYL will work with the YAP Committee to help identify policy ideas for the future.
"If this program doesn't build you connections and friendships and role models in this industry, I don't know what does. I know I can call these people, I know I can knock on their doors, I know I can do whatever I need to do to help further Saskatchewan agriculture for the rest of my career."
- Carlie Bowditch, RM of Tisdale #427. Mentee, 2022/23
"This program is kind of like a building block program, which I liked. From the start to the end, starting with a District Meeting, then I went to a Committee Meeting, and then there's the provincial General Meeting, and then CFA. I think starting from the first thing being a district meeting and then building up was a great way to see once we got to CFA how it all comes together."
- Morgan Follensbee, RM of Newcombe #260. Mentee, 2022/23
"I wanted to take part in this program because I was looking for an avenue to lead me into the direction of governance, government, or policy without having to get a full-time job to find those avenues. This was recommended to me, and it didn't disappoint. It's shown me a lot of different aspects of the policy needed and the governance needed to help carry the voice of agriculture and impact the changes needed to keep policies in the forefront, but also including the producer's voice in it."
- Eric Martens, RM of Longlaketon #219. Mentee, 2022/23
Watch this webinar to hear from past mentors and mentees about their experience and what they took away from the program.