Some of Canada’s most progressive and forward-thinking crop and livestock producers will be meeting in Victoria, B. C. in late November for the 30th national awards program recognizing Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF).
Seven new regional nominees representing all parts of Canada, their families, and many of the OYF alumni who were nominated in previous years will be attending the five-day event, November 23 to 28, at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Victoria’s waterfront.
Among the 2010 regional or provincial OYF nominees this year are three diversified vegetable producers from Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia who focus on direct marketing to consumers, and/or have developed a relatively new concept called Community Shared Agriculture marketing, which more directly connects consumers with the farming operation. There are two progressive dairy farmers, who approach the industry from two widely different scales in herd size. There is a large-scale grain, oilseed and special crops producer from Saskatchewan, and a well-established pedigree seed producer from Alberta, who have strong local roots, but also have their respective approaches for tapping into global markets.
Celebrating 30 years of identifying great agricultural successes, 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. Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer CropScience and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and supported nationally by AdFarm and Canadian Farm Business Management Council.
During the 2010 meeting in Victoria, OYF attendees will participate in social events, have opportunity to tour local attractions in B. C.’s capital city, tour some Vancouver Island agriculture enterprises, and the 2010 nominees will make their final presentations to judges, before the actual awards are presented at a banquet Friday, November 26.
Each year,Grainewsprofiles all the finalists in a special section of the magazine devoted just to highlighting the achievements and success of the future’s best and brightest. While we don’t encourage wagering per se, please take the time to read through these features and take your best guess at the winners.
For more information on the 2010 awards event in Victoria, or the OYF program in general, visit their website at: www.oyfcanada.com.
LeeHartisafieldeditorforGrainewsin Calgary.Contacthimat403-592-1964orby emailat [email protected]