Program Overview

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program recognizes young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between 18 and 39 who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from their farm operations. Each year one farming couple is selected from each of the program’s seven Regional Recognition Events to represent their respective region at the National Recognition Event. At the National Event, the seven honourees are recognized for their achievements and judged by a distinguished panel of judges using the following criteria:

  • Progress made during their farming career
  • Maximum use of soil, water and energy conservation practices
  • Crop and livestock production history
  • Financial and management practices
  • Contributions to the well-being of the community, province and nation

Each year, two of the seven honourees are chosen by the judges as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

The vitality of the Program is maintained through the continued participation of alumni, who return each year to the National Recognition Event to honour and welcome new members. The OYF program is sponsored nationally by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Bayer, CIBC and John Deere Canada ULC.

Program History

The Outstanding Young Farmers Program originated in the United States in 1954. In 1979, the Calgary Jaycees, with the support of the Alberta/Northwest Territories Region Jaycees, proposed the introduction of a similar program to foster better urban-rural relations and recognize farmers’ achievements. The first Canadian national recognition event was held in November 1980 as an official program of the Canadian Junior Chamber/Jaycees.

Mission Statement

To discover, celebrate and recognize progress and excellence in Canadian agriculture.

Program Vision

To be the premiere awards program to identify excellence in Canadian agriculture.

Contact Us


Angela Fox
Phone: 204 448 2162

Executive Board of Directors

Dustin Williams – Chair Person
Ph# 204 483-2824
Box 237, Souris, MB, R0K 2C0

Jill Krahn – Nominations Chair
Ph# 204 745-1938 (res)
Ph# 204 750-1182 (cell)
Box 585, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0

Grant Dyck – Vice Chair
Box 550 Niverville, MB, R0A 1E0

Jason & Laura Kehler – Mentorship Couple
Box 834 Carman, MB R0G 0J0

Tracy Bassa – Past President
Ph# 204 424-5288
Box 610, La Broquirie, R0A 0W0

Dorelle Fulton – Treasurer
Ph# 204 842-3352
Box 189, Birtle, MB, R0M 0C0