Seed growers from Carmen, Manitoba and potato farmers from Kinkora, P.E.I. have been named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2014.
Myron and Jill Krahn, who crop about 3,000 acres of grains, oilseeds and special crops and Andrew and Heidi Lawless who are part of a partnership producing about 1,200 acres of potatoes were selected national winners from among seven regional finalists from across Canada. The national awards competition was held in Quebec City this past week, wrapping up with an awards banquet this past Friday night.
Selecting two winners was a difficult decision said Brian Newcombe, OYF alumni member who was one of three national judges who interviewed regional nominees and reviewed their farming operations as part of the judging process.
Newcombe, a former OYF president and a mixed farmer from Port William, Nova Scotia was joined on the judging panel by Patrice Carle with the Farm Management Expertise Centre (CEGA) in Quebec, and Tom Guebert, a senior manager with CIBC.
Along with the Krahn and Lawless families, other regional nominees for 2014 included Jason and Amanda O’Connell, Carleton Place, ON(dairy/cash crop producers); Bruno Soucy and Hélène St-Pierre, Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, QC (dairy/pork/cash crop producers);Aaron and Adrienne Ivey, Ituna, SK (mixed cattle & grain producers); Richard and Nicole Brousseau, St. Paul, AB (dairy producers); and Lydia Ryall, Delta, BC (mixed vegetable producer).
Celebrating 34 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture.The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer CropScience and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The national media sponsor is Annex Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and Farm Management Canada.
Lee Hart is a field editor for Grainews in Calgary, Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]