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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

Niagara Falls at night

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


man and woman in 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

young family from Quebec

Farmers focus on improving Ayrshire dairy cattle genetics

Quebec: Dairy herd just part of a diversified third generation farming operation

Continuing to improve the genetics as well as facilities within their dairy and hog operations tops the priority list for Quebec farmers Bruno Soucy and his wife Helene St. Pierre, as they look at where their farm is headed over the next few years. Further improvements to barns used for a 1,500 head hog finishing […] Read more


The Ivey family of Evergreen Cattle Co. will represent Saskatchewan at Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers national awards program in Quebec City later this month. Above are Aaron and Adrienne Ivey with their children Colton, seven, and Noelle, nine, with trusted family member, Ben, in the middle.

Focusing on strengths such as beef and grass

Saskatchewan: Aaron and Adrienne Ivey’s focus on their cow-calf 
operation has taken them to the top

Aaron and Adrienne Ivey say it is important that they concentrate on the strengths of their east-central Saskatchewan ranching operation. Producing beef and grass is the core business on their ranch near Ituna, Sask. northeast of Regina. They seed some annual crops to accommodate pasture and hay land rotation, and while they background their calves […] Read more

Richard and Nicole Brousseau with Ethan, Cassie and Emery

New barn grows dairy

Alberta: Moo-Lait Farms makes plans for future growth


Nicole Brousseau figures her husband Richard walked their dairy herd through every corner of their new northeast Alberta dairy barn at least 1,000 times (in his head) before they even began construction of the barn, which was completed and put into service in March. The 72’x160′ loose housing structure that connects to a double seven […] Read more


OYF nationals back in Regina

Once again successful young farmers from across the country will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony

THE NOMINEES, 2013 British Columbia: Troy and Sara Harker Alberta: Michael Kalisvaart and Karen Jansen Saskatchewan: Chad and Darlene Krikau Manitoba: Tyler and Dorelle Fulton Ontario: Dana and Adam Thatcher Quebec: Luc Gervais and Kim Brunelle Atlantic Canada: James and Amanda Kinsman, Nova Scotia About 150 alumni as well as Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) nominees […] Read more

B.C. growers add value

What’s good for other Okanagan growers is good for Harker’s Organics is how Troy and Sara Harker view the role of their diversified organic farming operation in south Central B.C. If they can help other growers find a market and add value to their products that also helps strengthen the Harkers’ own farm retail, wholesale […] Read more


Diversifying an Alberta farm

“If you’re not growing you’re falling behind,” is an appropriate motto for how Michael Kalisvaart has managed his Edmonton, Alta.-area farm over the past 20 years. When it became clear the economics just weren’t behind the long-time, family-run farrow-to-finish hog operation, he launched out in the mid-1990s to build a straight grain and oilseed cropping […] Read more

Joint ventures help Saskatchewan farmers grow the business

Chad and Darlene Krikau have built business partnerships to build their Saskatchewan 
grain and oilseed farm

Establishing business partnerships with other farmers has been an important element for Chad and Darlene Krikau over the past seven years as they have built their central Saskatchewan grain and oilseed farm. While it is nice to own everything yourself, the reality is that farm economics don’t always support the notion of owning every acre […] Read more