Beef, dairy, poultry, vegetable, U-pick fruit, and diversified field crops are among the farming enterprises that will be featured in presentations later this month as nominees for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) award take centre stage in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Seven farm families from across Canada, all selected as regional OYF winners, will be presenting themselves and their farming operations to judges as they vie for national honours at the organization’s 36th annual awards program at the Hilton Fallsview Hotel Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Two winners are named to represent Eastern and Western Canada.
“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase the beauty of our region at this years’ national event,” says regional chair Cory Van Groningen. “We want to invite everyone to come and take part in all that the Niagara region has to offer. We’ve included a variety of opportunities to explore the region and take advantage of this years’ beautiful location.” Van Groningen and his wife Heidi, beef producers from Cayuga, Ont. were 2012 regional winners now among OYF alumni.
Pre-registration is required to attend the OYF event — on the Dec. 2 program day forum/lunch/presentation are $50 per person, awards gala are $100 per person, a forum/lunch/presentations/awards gala are $125 per person. Tickets can be ordered at oyfcanada.com.