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About six years ago, Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote and John Cote decided to take the farm business in a whole new direction. They bought an 80-acre parcel of land near Saskatoon where they built a distillery and now grow flowers.

You never know what these farmers are up to

OYF alumni are letting no moss grow under their feet

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) had to forego the usual flurry of hugs and handshakes at their annual awards week this year, but they still ran an informative online event in early December. There were no winners to be announced for 2020. That part of the program was just postponed to, hopefully, later in 2021 […] Read more

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers plans virtual program

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers plans virtual program

The event will be held in early December

While Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) has cancelled the live and in-person annual awards program due to COVID-19, this year to be held in Saskatchewan, the national board has decided to offer a virtual program to mark the 40th anniversary of COYF in Canada. It will be an afternoon virtual program running from 1 to […] Read more

The 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque of Quebec (left) and Justin and Laura Rogers of Atlantic Canada (right) will have to wait another year to welcome the next national winners.

In-person, Outstanding Young Farmers national awards on hold until 2021

Organizers decided it’s much better when everyone can meet in person

[UPDATE (at bottom): Nov. 13, 2020] Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) alumni, nominees and guests will have to wait another year to experience the hospitality of the “Paris of the Prairies,” as the 2020 national awards event to be held in Saskatoon in early December has been cancelled. Read more: COYF plans virtual program The […] Read more

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