Beautiful down town Quebec City will be the backdrop later this month for the 34th annual Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) national awards program, being hosted this year by the La Belle province OYF committee.
Nearly 200 OYF alumni and guests from across Canada are expected in Quebec City, Nov. 26 to 30 to participate in activities that culminates Friday Nov. 28 with the selection of two of the seven regional nominees being selected as the 2014 national OYF winners.
The regional nominees are seven entrepreneurial individuals or farm couples from across Canada who have been chosen from their home provinces or regions, and will present highlights of their farming operations at the national event.
The regional nominees this year include: Lydia Ryall, Cropthorne Farm representing B.C. and Yukon; Richard and Nicole Brousseau of Moo-Lait Family Farm, representing Alberta; Aaron and Adrienne Ivey of Evergreen Cattle Co. representing Saskatchewan; Myron and Jillian Krahn of Krahn Agri Farms Ltd. representing Manitoba; Jason and Amanda O’Connell of Sunol Farms Ltd. representing Ontario; Bruno Soucy and Helene St-Pierre of Ferme du Murier Inc. representing Quebec; and Andrew and Heidi Lawless of Hilltop Produce Ltd. representing Atlantic Canada.
There are various activities including nominee judging, as well as local tours before the awards event. The public is invited to attend the full day of activities Nov. 28 that includes a special forum during the day followed in the evening by a gala banquet to announce Canada’s 2014 national OYF winners.
The day-long OYF event includes an information forum entitled “The Clash of Generations” featuring Carol Allain. Held at the Quebec City Conference Centre, pre-registration is required at www.oyfcanada.com and includes the forum (10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.), lunch (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.), honouree presentations (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and awards gala with special In Concert Beatles Story show (6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.).
Pre-registration is required to attend the OYF event in person — forum/lunch/presentations are $60 per person, presentations/gala and show are $90 per person, and forum/lunch/presentations/gala and show are $120 per person. Ticket prices do not include applicable tax and can be ordered at www.oyfcanada.com.
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. 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. The national media sponsor is Annex Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and Farm Management Canada. †