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


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



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


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



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


Judges toast winemakers as young farmer nominees

Sue Echlin and Vance Lester had chores to do before their trip to Regina. It was actually one big chore: picking 8,000 pounds of rhubarb. Two days later, the couple accepted the award as Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmer nominees for 2012. “We gotta go home and pick rhubarb again, I think,” Echlin said, laughing, after […] Read more