Source: Outstanding Young Farmers
The Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers(OYF) Region is preparing to host Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ National Event which will take place at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, NB from Dec 5-8, 2019.
Atlantic OYF regional chair, Heidi Lawless states, “The Atlantic Committee has the unique opportunity of hosting every seven years and choosing one of our four beautiful provinces. This year we are delighted to showcase Fredericton, New Brunswick for our 39th national event. This years’ theme, “A Time to Celebrate” encompasses what this organization is all about, celebrating the many wonderful crops and products our Canadian farm families produce.”
Every year this event brings recognition to outstanding farm couples in Canada between 18 and 39 years of age who have exemplified excellence in their profession while fostering better urban-rural relations. Seven entrepreneurial farm couples from across Canada chosen from their home regions will present highlights of their operations at the national event. This year’s honourees include:
Justin & Laura Rogers, Picturesque Farms – Brae, PEI
Simon Michaud & Mylène Bourque, Ferme Régika inc – Kamouraska, QC
Jan & Jony Roos, Roos Dairy Goats LTD – Brownsville, ON
Will & Jen Bergmann, Bergmann Bros – Glenlea, MB
Jason & Jenna Ranger, Jaran Farms Ltd – Shellbrook, SK
Dallas Vert & Natasha Pospisil, Conquest Agro Services Ltd – Kurriemuir, AB
James & Cammy Lockwood, Lockwood Farms – Cobble Hill, BC
“Through this national event, we bring together people from across Canada who are passionate about agriculture and who are engaged and dynamic. We bring together a great diversity and that is what distinguishes us and makes us strong,” says COYF President Carl Marquis.
Celebrating 39 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture. Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Sollio Agriculture and supported nationally by BDO and Farm Management Canada.
For more information on this event please contact:
Carla Kaeding, Program Manager, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers