This year's National Outstanding Young Farmers from left are the McKay brothers: Alex and Jordan, of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ontario; and Jinel and Craig Ference of Double F Farms at Kirriemuir, Alberta.  |  Outstanding Young Farmers photo

Alta., Ont. producers named Outstanding Young Farmers

This year’s national winners for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program are Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms in Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers, Jordan and Alex McKay of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ont. Seven regional farmers between 18 and 39 years of age competed at the 38th annual competition, which recognizes producers […] Read more

Jennifer and Jordan Lindgren from Norquay. Sask., pose with their children, Alexis, left, Bristol, Jaxson and Westin, after being named the 2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers.  |  Karen Briere photo

Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers named

Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren believe in high-value agriculture 
by maximizing production on their land

A Norquay couple has been selected Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018. Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren operate 11,500 acres on fourth-generation Lindgren Farms in the east-central part of the province. Field-scale trials are an important part of their operation. They took over the Field of Dreams project, with Prairie Soil Services, which is now in […] Read more

Allister, left, and Lauchie MacEachern work in their Debert, N. S., dairy barn.  | Nick Pearce photo

OYF nominees share tips on succession

PENTICTON, B.C. — Careful planning, honest conversations, trust and respect are keys to successful generational farm transfers. In interviews during the Outstanding Young Farmer national conference in Penticton Nov. 30-Dec. 3, provincial nominees shared these tips from their farms’ succession plans. Lauchie and Jolene MacEachern of Folly River dairy farm at Debert, N.S., who gradually […] Read more


Kevin Stewart addressed asking difficult questions to create change, growth and innovation on the farm at the Outstanding Young Farmers conference in Penticton, B.C.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Don’t let your farm get stuck in a rut

PENTICTON, B.C. — The status quo is not sustainable in a rapidly changing agricultural climate, delegates heard during Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers conference Dec. 1. “If you are not focused on growth, you are going backwards,” said Kevin Stewart, who operates AgVision Media. “In this disruptive environment, 70 percent of our decisions will be wrong […] Read more

Tannis and Derek Axten of Minton, Sask., left, and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners Dec. 1 at the group’s annual conference in Penticton, B.C.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Farmers’ sustainability focus rewarded

PENTICTON, B.C. — Sustainable farming was rewarded at this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers awards ceremony with both national winners focused on soil ecology and the environment. Grain farmers Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and produce growers Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an […] Read more


Tannis and Derek Axten of Minton, Sask., accept their award as one of two Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. They, with Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were named Dec. 1 at the group’s annual conference in Penticton, B..C.   |  Karen Morrison photo

Sask., Que. couples win Outstanding Young Farmer

PENTICTON, B.C. — Both the east and the west were represented among this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an awards ceremony Dec. 1 in Penticton, B.C. The Axtens, the fourth […] Read more

Outstanding young farmers focus on improving soil health

Derek and Tannis Axten from Minton are Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2017. The couple received the honour during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last week and will compete at the national level in Penticton, B.C., later this year. The grain farmers have for the last several years focused on building soil health through […] Read more

Spring Creek market garden owners Chelsea and Dan Erlandson of Outlook, Sask., will represent Saskatchewan at the national Outstanding Young Farmers event this fall.  |  Karen Briere photo

Market garden owners eager to help industry grow

Spring Creek Garden Ltd. farmed 60 acres in 2010, expanded to 200 by 2013 and has a goal of 400 acres in the near future

Chelsea and Dan Erlandson of Outlook will represent Saskatchewan at the national Outstanding Young Farmer event later this year. The couple was named the regional nominee at Canada’s Farm Progress Show June 17. The vegetable producers grow 55 varieties on 200 acres of irrigated land at Spring Creek Garden Ltd. They attend eight farmers markets […] Read more


Shane and Kristin Schooten of Diamond City, Alta., are the 2016 outstanding young farmers representing the Alberta-Northwest Territories region. |  Barb Duckworth photo

Farm stewardship recognized

BANFF, Alta. — Shane and Kristin Schooten of Diamond City, Alta., are this year’s outstanding young farmers for the Alberta-Northwest Territories. Shane is president of Schooten and Sons Feedyards located near Lethbridge. Total capacity is 40,000 head and they also have 300 commercial cows. The farm includes another 6,300 acres for crop and grazing. Shane […] Read more

Cherylynn and Patrick Bos are the Outstanding Young Farmers winners.  |  File photo

Cheese makers win young farmer award

Alberta cheese makers were named co-winners in Canada’s annual Outstanding Young Farmers competition in Edmonton Nov. 21. Patrick and Cherylynn Bos of Ponoka, Alta., raise 1,400 dairy goats in a milk and cheese processing business, Rock Ridge Dairy. The couple processes their own and other producers’ milk also. During peak production, they make one and […] Read more