Anyone who feels younger people are shy at taking outside responsibilities has not met Jake Ayre.
The young Minto farmer recently took on his third major role in an agriculture-based committee. Two are with Keystone Agricultural Producers and a third is connected to the provincial government. In each case, Ayre is all in and ready to go.
Within KAP, Ayre is the co-chair of the Manitoba Young Farmers Group, and now a second vice-president of the parent board. He said he first got involved in the Manitoba agriculture organization when he was in his last year of agriculture studies at the University of Manitoba. In 2017, they were asked to bring a resolution to the floor of the KAP AGM. The class came up with one regarding a carbon tax, a very controversial subject in agriculture. They took it to the meeting, and Ayre was one of the students who spoke to it. There was considerable division and debate on the resolution, and the three students involved felt they were being misrepresented. They responded and did well enough that their resolution passed.