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,  John Deere Canada ULC and Sollio Agriculture.

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

Program Manager

Carla Kaeding
Phone: 306-896-7833

Executive Board of Directors

Steve Cooper – Chair
Home: 905-473-9867

Carl Marquis – Past Chair
Home: 418-926-3033

Danny Penner- 1st VP
Home: 204-324-7755

Amy Cronin- 2nd VP
Home: 519-450-9158

Tara Sawyer – Regional Chair Rep
Home: 403-546-2259

Aman Kanwar- Sponsor Rep
Work: 905-945-9281

Kari Groeneweg2020NE Co-Chair
Home: 306-699-2262


Rhonda Mayerle – 2020 NE Co- Chair
Home: 306-873-7301