Allison Squires and Cody Straza appreciate the freedom to make their own decisions and the rewards of running their own business.  |  Submitted photo

Sask. OYF finalists choose the organics route

The rural lifestyle is important for the young couple, who farm 2,590 acres and custom graze 100 cow/calf pairs

Allison Squires was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and grew up in southern Ontario, but she is now a partner in a thriving farm in southern Saskatchewan. She and her husband, Cody Straza, who were one of the finalists for this year’s Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers program, operate Upland Organics Ltd. near Wood Mountain. “Being […] Read more

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. | Michael Raine photo

Jason and Jenna Ranger named Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. The judges selected the couple from Shellbrook during the competition at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. Jason grew up on a farm near Leask and, after a year studying agriculture […] Read more

Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms, seen here with their three children, Nate, 7, Macy, 3, and Maddie, 9, farm near Kirriemuir, Alta.  | Double F Farms photo

Young farmer winners focus on diversification

Outstanding Young Farmer winners are Craig and Jinel Ference from Alberta and Jordan and Alex McKay from Ontario

For the first time in the 38-year history of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer program, two brothers from Ontario are sharing top honours alongside a husband and wife team from Alberta. Jordan McKay and his brother, Alex, from Port Perry, Ont., along with Craig and Jinel Ference from Kirriemuir, Alta., were chosen as the national winners […] Read more


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