Emmett Sawyer’s winning speech, Agriculture More Than Ever, is a great example of young agvocacy in action.
When Emmett Sawyer crafted his speech about speaking up for agriculture for his Calgary 4-H Regional public speaking contest, he just wanted to share his pride and passion for an industry close to his, and his family’s, heart. Winning first place in his age group was a bonus – watching the video of his speech spread on social media as icing on the cake.
“This whole experience has been great for Emmett,” says Tara Sawyer, Emmett’s mother. “When we discussed the idea of him choosing this topic we warned him how relevant the topic was but I don’t think he realized how much people would react to his speech. I think he thought we were exaggerating the impact he could potentially have. He was tickled when I told him my tweet was retweeted.”
The reaction to his speech has been great, culminating in Emmett being invited to the Calgary AdFarm office to give his speech to their staff (watch his speech below). Emmett talks about the need for more agvocacy of our industry and is a great example of today’s youth sharing a positive, engagaing and inspiring pro-ag message with the world.
“As parents we couldn’t be more proud,” says Tara. “We are passionate about the industry and to see it reflected in our kids is awesome.”