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National COYF cancelled for 2020

The national Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer (COYF) event, previously scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in December this year, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In a statement in the ‘Land Leader’, the official publication of the COYF program, Steve Cooper, the organization’s chair, said, “the Saskatchewan Hosting committee for the 2020 National Event advised […] Read more

Alberta OYF nominees, Natasha Pospisil and Dallas Vert with their three children: Reese, seven; Tegan, four; and Ryker, six months.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Alberta nominees

No rest, no worries for these OYF winners from east-central Alberta

What could be harder than balancing a business and family? How about three businesses? Managing three kids and three companies might sound daunting to some, but for Dallas Vert and Natasha Pospisil, it’s all in a day’s work. Armed with diplomas from Olds College, Dallas and Natasha purchased his parents’ grain farm in Kirriemuir, in […] Read more


Ontario OYF nominees Jan and Jony Roos with their children Julian, eight; Joanna, six; Janine, four; and Jessica, three.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Ontario nominees

Proper management and improved efficiency support growing dairy goat operation

Jan and Jony Roos are thrilled to be Ontario’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), and the fact that they were nominated by a former employee makes it even more of an honour. “It gave us a good feeling that our employees appreciated it here,” says Jony. “We didn’t expect to win because the other competitors […] Read more

B.C. regional OYF winners, Cammy and James Lockwood with their children Keighley, seven; Jayce, six; and Simphiwe, five.

Canada’s OYF 2019: British Columbia nominees

Hen farmers lay foundation for success


If it is unlikely that an artist and doctor parents would produce a farmer, then having that farmer win a regional award as an Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) seems even a greater stretch of the imagination. But, tell that to Cammy Lockwood, the product of non-farming parents. Cammy Lockwood and her husband James were named […] Read more


Quebec OYF nominees, Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque with their children Elliot, Laurence, Mathias and Jasmine. 

Canada’s OYF 2019: Quebec nominees

Re-design of a re-design gets dairy on track for Quebec farmers

Starting their own dairy farm hasn’t exactly been a smooth road for Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque, but the young Quebec couple’s efforts to establish a productive and efficient farming operation in the heart of tourist country earned them recognition earlier this year as Quebec’s regional finalist for the Outstanding Young Farmer’s program. Born and […] Read more

Atlantic Canada OYF nominees, Justin and Laura Rogers with their children Luke, eight, and Mary, five.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Atlantic Canada nominees

Seventh generation PEI farm continues to evolve into new enterprises

It was Justin Rogers’ great-grandmother who named Picturesque Farms over 100 years ago when she turned into the drive for the first time and exclaimed, “My, this is a picturesque farm!” More than seven generations after their ancestors purchased the land in 1843, the Rogers’ 300-acre grain farm in Brae, P.E.I. is still going, thanks […] Read more


Jill Ebbett and Robert Anderson, OYF Atlantic Canada regional finalists, produce quality seed potatoes.

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

Brooks and Jen White OYF Manitoba regional finalists – it all starts with looking after the soil.

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


Philipe Laurendeau and Kristinia Roarke, Quebec’s OYF regional finalists, are expanding a well-run dairy operation.

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

Jordan and Alex McKay of Port Perry, Ontario and families produce fruit, vegetables and meat for direct-to-consumer sales.

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