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Saskatchewan OYF regional nominees, Dan and Chelsea Erlandson and their children Calla, 4, and Raulan, 2.

Outstanding Young Farmers Saskatchewan: Dan and Chelsea Erlandson

Growing vegetables for the local market is the key to success for Can and Chelsea Erlandson

Weather wise, October had a dreadful start in Saskatchewan. There was rain and there was snow. And on October 11, forecasters were predicting night time temperatures to plummet to -7 C within days. Dan and Chelsea Erlandson, Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016, confessed they were a little worried about five acres of potato fingerlings still in […] Read more

Alberta Outstanding Young Farmer nominees, Shane and Kristen Schooten and their children Gracen, five and Berkley, three.

Outstanding Young Farmers Alberta: Shane and Kristen Schooten

Starting young and working with family pays off for Shane and Kristen Schooten

More often than not, mixing family and business is like an ill-conceived blind date: awkward and hard to get out of. That’s not the case for Shane and Kristen Schooten, recent winners of Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) award. They are living proof that you can survive and even thrive by blending family and finances. […] 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

Mike and Amy Cronin with their six children from left, Sam, 8, Emmy, 10, Kyle, 15, Tyler, 17, Liam, 12, and Alyssa, 20.

Ontario regional OYF finalists: Mike and Amy Cronin

Cronin Farms has grown a diversified hog operation with facilities in two countries

Ontario farmers Amy and Mike Cronin have relied on their management skills, sound core-business values and a team of trusted employees to help them build a successful international hog operation that has not only survived, but grown over the past 20 years amid often volatile market conditions. Although they established Cronin Farms in 1998, during […] Read more


Quebec diary farming family Christian Bilodeau and Annie Sirois and their family Kellyann, 14, Louis-Alexis, 13, Charles-Antoine, 10 and Lily, eight.

Quebec regional OYF finalists: Christian Bilodeau and Annie Sirois

This Quebec family runs a dairy herd, 360 acres, and an occasional maple syrup business

New facilities for their top performing Ayrshire dairy herd are on the agenda as Christian Bilodeau and Annie Sirois look at the future improvements to their southern Quebec farm. Working with older facilities now, with the milking herd, calves and dry cows housed in separate barns, the Quebec couple, who farm at St-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, south of […] Read more

Manitoba farmers Mark and Cori Pawluk with young son, Landon, have developed a diversified and value-added farming operation near Birtle.

Manitoba OYFs: Mark and Cori Pawluk

Access to a rail line gives the Pawluks extra flexibility on their Manitoba grain farm

When Mark Pawluk joined his parents back on the farm in 1999, after completing his degree in agribusiness at the University of Manitoba, he was open to new opportunities and challenges. Pursing those opportunities and developing a successful value-added farm business contributed to he and his wife Cori being named Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for […] Read more


Jeff and Ebony Prosko along with their daughters Harper and Londyn are the Saskatchewan OYF nominees for 2015.

Saskatchewan OYFs: Ebony and Jeff Prosko

This Rose Valley farm family diversified their business with an ag retail outlet

When Ebony and Jeff Prosko learned their banker had nominated them for regional honors as Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers, they were speechless. “When the guy that lends you money thinks you’re doing a good job that makes us feel that we are on the right path,” says Ebony. Ebony and Jeff are grain producers east […] Read more

Altantic Canada OYF regional nominees, David and Sara Simmons with daughter Felicity.

Atlantic OYF finalists David and Sara Simmons

This Newfoundland couple enlist technology to improve dairy farm efficiency

While there are some logistical issues involved being one of the further-most eastern dairy farms in Canada, David and Sara Simmons hasn’t let that stop them from developing a progressive and productive farming operation, and becoming a producer of high quality breeding stock. As the owners of Pure Holsteins dairy farm at Little Rapid, Newfoundland Labrador […] Read more


Alberta OYF nominees Patrick and Cherylynn Bos with their children, Amelia,12, Connor, 10, Justin, nine and Adelle, four.

Alberta regional OYF finalists: Cherylynn and Patrick Bos

As their goat milk and cheese business grew, this Alberta farm needed employees

After riding the lumps and bumps of the goat-milk industry over the past few years, Patrick and Cherylynn Bos have made significant changes to their farm operation leading to more stability, farm expansion and recognition as Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015. Eight years ago the Boses added a milk processing plant to their farm […] Read more

Edmonton skyline

Edmonton hosting bright and talented young farmers

Six farm couples from across Canada are competing for national honours on Nov. 17 – 22

The Marriott Hotel on Edmonton’s west side will serve as headquarters for the 35th annual gathering of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF). Six farm couples from across Canada who won the regional honours in their respective provinces, will meet in Edmonton November 17 to 22 to compete for the East and West national OYF titles. […] Read more