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Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers and program sponsors, from left 
Carl Marquis(COYF Past President), Komie Hossini (Bayer), winners Justin and Laura Rogers (N.B.), Bruce Rutherford (CIBC), winners Mylène Bourque & Simon Michaud (Que.), Jenny Ose (John Deere), Isabelle Bériau (AAFC), Sébastien Léveillé (Sollio Agriculture).

Eastern farms capture Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers awards

P.E.I and Que. Farmers selected from nominees as national winners

The national awards for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) stayed east in 2019 as Justin and Laura Rogers of Brae, P.E.I., and Simon Michaud and Mylène Bourque of Kamouraska, Que. were chosen in December as overall winners from seven regional OYF finalists from the across the country. At competitions hosted by the Atlantic Canada OYF […] Read more

Fredericton skyline.

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers heads for New Brunswick

National competition has to select the best from the best

Some of the brightest young minds in Canadian farming will be meeting in Fredericton, N.B., in early December for the 39th annual awards program of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF). Seven farm couples, selected as regional winners from across the country earlier this year, will be vying for recognition of the national title, as they […] Read more


Saskatchewan OYF nominees, Jason and Jenna Ranger and daughter Bridget, two.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Saskatchewan nominees

The Rangers focus on cropping efficiencies on mostly rented land

Jason and Jenna Ranger, Saskatchewan’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), have over the past dozen years steadily grown their cropping operation, Jaran Farms Ltd., in north-west Saskatchewan to around 11,000 acres, producing primarily canola, oats, wheat and lentils. After completing a year of his agricultural degree in 2006, Jason had the opportunity to rent a […] Read more

Manitoba OYF nominees Will and 
Jen Bergmann with their children Brooklyn, seven; Cole, six; and Emmett, four.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Manitoba nominees

Will and Jen Bergmann share passions for photography, farming and feeding the world

Will and Jen Bergmann don’t believe they’re special. The only thing that sets them apart from other farmers, says Will, is how they share their story. It’s a story about modern farming and what it takes to feed the world, whether farmers are growing commodity crops or organic vegetables. The Bergmanns grow both, and now […] Read more


Brooks and Jen White of Pierson, Manitoba fencing near Bison pasture.

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

Jennifer and Andrew Lovell, fruit and vegetable producers from Keswick Ridge, N.B., at left, and Dominic Drapeau and Célia Neault, dairy producers from Ste-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, Que., were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016. These two farm families were chosen from seven regional farm couples across Canada. The 2017 national competition will be held in Penticton, B.C. later this month.

2017 young farmers to be showcased

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers will 
gather in Penticton later this month

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) will be gathering in Penticton, B.C., later this month to select two farm nominees from seven regional finalists to be named national winners for 2017. About 150 OYF alumni and guests will be gathering at the Lakeside Resort convention centre from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 for the 37th annual […] Read more


Canada’s 2016 Outstanding Young Farmers with sponsors, from left, Komie Hossini, Bayer CropScience; Teresa Garside, John Deere; 


Eastern farmers honoured by OYF win

Tough decision to select only two winners from a field of outstanding nominees

Two eastern Canadian farm couples have been named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (CYOF) for 2016. Andrew and Jennifer Lovell of Keswick Ridge, NB and Dominic Drapeau and Célia Neault of Ste-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, Que., were named to receive the national honours at the CYOF annual awards program held in Niagara Falls, Ont. in early December. The two […] Read more

Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmer nominees, Jason and Laura Kehler and their children Paisley, five and Wyatt, two.

Outstanding Young Farmers Manitoba: Jason and Laura Kehler

A willingness to experiment brings success for Jason and Laura Kehler

Jason and Laura Kehler aren’t afraid to face new challenges and adopt innovative ideas, and that’s helped them earn the title of Manitoba’s 2016 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF). They grow four varieties of processing potatoes, seed soybeans, corn, canola, wheat, oats, soybeans and edible beans on the 5,600 acres near Carman that makes up Kehler […] Read more


OYF to meet in Niagara Falls

East and West regional Outstanding Young Farmers 
will take home the big prize

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 […] Read more

Now John Coté and Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté are constructing a distillery.

Farm couple creates agro-tourism

John Coté and Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté sold their farm and moved into flowers

When John Coté and Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté sold their 3,000 acre grain farm near Leask, Sask., four years ago, they had several prerequisites in mind for their next endeavour. “First, we wanted to do something that would get us working directly with the customer. We enjoy that interaction with people. Secondarily, no matter what we did, […] Read more