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Dealing with conflict and relationships on the farm

Seven strategies to address conflict

From infancy to old age, we form relationships. As we grow older and evolve from one relationship to another our values, beliefs, perceptions, goals, and ideas may evolve and change as well. As these changes occur, interpersonal conflict will happen. Conflict is part of life. In all relationships, we experience conflict. Conflict is not always […] Read more




Canada’s OYF: Atlantic nominees

Robert Anderson and Jill Ebbett rely on technology to produce quality seed potatoes

Since taking over the fifth-generation New Brunswick family farm from his parents in 2000, Robert Anderson and his wife, Jill Ebbett, have focused on technological advancements to help them improve the quality of seed potatoes and other crops, increase productivity and improve soil health. These investments have helped them gain recognition as innovators in their […] Read more


Canada’s OYF: Manitoba nominees

Manitoba’s Brooks and Jen White focus on regenerating farm and business

Brooks and Jen White, Manitoba’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers, have set some specific goals for their grain and bison farm near Lyleton in southwest Manitoba, which all revolve around their vision statement of “regenerative” agriculture. Since taking over the fifth-generation farm in 2012, Brooks and his wife Jen have grown the farm’s bison herd to […] Read more



Canada’s OYF: Quebec nominees

Philippe Laurendeau and Kristina Roarke have worked hard to build a dairy farm

They are not the biggest dairy operation in the country, but Philippe Laurendeau and Kristina Roarke from Ferme L’Authentic near Warwick, Quebec have accomplished much in eight short years, going from city life to milking a high producing 75-head dairy herd. Their hard work and success over less than a decade, earned them recognition earlier […] Read more


Canada’s OYF: Ontario nominees

Brothers Jordan and Alex McKay embrace change and diversification

Diversification has been key to the success of Jordan and Alex McKay’s family farm at Port Perry, Ontario and is a big reason the brothers have been named as Ontario’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers (OFY). Willowtree Farm is a third-generation farm that started out as a dairy operation until 1979 when the McKay’s parents grew […] Read more



Canada’s OYF: Alberta nominees

Craig and Jinel Ference relied on diversity to overcome challenges

If you thought your career had a rocky start, imagine returning home to a cow-calf farm in 2003 and being greeted with the industry-changing BSE crisis. As it turns out, Craig and Jinel Ference, the Alberta winners of the Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) award, don’t have to imagine it; they lived it. When they met […] Read more


Canada’s OYF: Saskatchewan nominees

Saskatchewan farmers Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren make family a priority

While some industries are dominated by a few large companies, agriculture in Canada is still planted firmly on the family farm. Nowhere is that more evident than at the home of Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren, the 2018 winners of the Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Award. On their 11,500-acre grain and oilseed farm near Norquay […] Read more



Canada’s OYF: British Columbia nominees

Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall produce pasture-finished livestock

Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall aren’t afraid to try something different as they develop their farming operation in southeastern B.C. The winners of the B.C.’s regional finalists for the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Award took on some different ag enterprises in an area long established as a beef-cattle ranching region. Despite expected start-up challenges […] Read more


PHOTOS: Manitoba hosting 2018 OYF celebration

Nominees, alumni and guests to gather in Winnipeg

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) program is again making the point this November in Manitoba — that good farm operators are good farm operators whether it be producing pasture-pigs in B.C., grain, cattle or bison on the Prairies, or seed potatoes in New Brunswick. It’s all about hard work, good management and commitment to the […] Read more




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