Current Manitoba Winners

Andre & Katie Steppler- Miami, MB

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (COYF) is a unique program designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution to agriculture. The program is open to farmers or couples who derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming operations.

Manitoba  is one of seven regions. Each region holds an event where local nominees are judged on specific criteria. All regional winners represent their areas at an annual national event where they compete to be named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

To read how this years’ Manitoba award winners exemplify the ideals of our program click below.

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2021 Nominees

2020 Andre & Katie Steppler- Miami, MB

Stepplers Farms Ltd

Andre and Katie Steppler, along with Andre’s parents and 3 brothers operate multi-faceted Steppler Farms Ltd located near Miami, Manitoba. Steppler Farms is a multi-generational farm that consists of 4000 acres of grain land, 2500 honey beehives, as well as a cattle division which includes 600 purebred Charolais and 100 Black Angus. The farm will […]

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2020 Dallas and Regan Holenski- Morden MB

Holenski Farms

Dallas is a fourth-generation farmer and the youngest of three brothers. Together Dallas and Regan farm alongside his parents Glen and Shannon Holenski South west of Morden, MB. Dallas attended the University of Manitoba and graduated in 2015 with his Agriculture Diploma while Regan attended nursing school in Brandon. Regan currently works as a Licensed […]

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2020 David and Lorraine Hamblin- Morris MB

Red River Seeds Ltd

David and Lorraine Hamblin operate a 4,000 acre pedigreed seed farm and seed retail business at Morris, MB.  We have 5 children, Erin 10, Addison 8, Claire 7, Paige 5, and Luke 1.  We have 6 full time staff who are critical in allowing our businesses to continue to grow and be successful. We started […]

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2020 Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter- Belmont MB

Luna Field Farm

Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter run a multi species grazing operation south of Belmont Manitoba. Their operation centres on grazing cattle, hogs and poultry. Both Lydia and Wian are first generation farmers. They started farming together in 2011 with nominal savings and the opportunity to lease 80 acres of pasture land near Nesbitt Manitoba. The […]

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Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between the ages of 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.




Manitoba’s 2020 Outstanding Young Farmers are Andre & Katie Steppler

Brandon, MB (March 11, 2020) – At the Clarion Hotel in Brandon over seventy people gathered to celebrate Andre & Katie Steppler of Steppler Farms located near Miami, MB as Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2020. The winners were announced at the Manitoba regional event held on March 6-8. Andre and Katie Steppler, along with […]

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Will & Jen Bergmann are Manitoba’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers

Elkhorn Resort, MB (March 5,2019) – At the Elkhorn Resort over eighty people gathered to celebrate Will & Jen Bergmann of Bergmann Bros located near Glenlea, MB as Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2019. The winners were announced at the Manitoba regional event held on March 2-3. Will Bergmann grew up on his family’s farm […]

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Upcoming Events

Manitoba Regional Event
March 4-6, 2022

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OYF National Event
Nov 24, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021

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The OYF Memorial Scholarships were established in memory of the late Martin Streef, president of Streef Produce Ltd., a family-run fresh fruit and vegetable business in Woodstock Ontario, to help future generations of Canadians pursue their passion for agriculture.

In 1996, Streef was recognized as both Ontario’s and Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer. He died in April 2008.



Major Jay Fox Memorial Scholarship

The Major Jay Fox Memorial scholarship has been developed by the Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers in honour of Jay and the contribution that he made to agriculture in Canada. An annual scholarship will be presented to recognize a student continuing in the field of agriculture that has made a significant difference in their communities. One bursary will be awarded annually in the amount of $1000.00.


Contact Us

Angela Fox
Regioanl Administrator

Phone: (204)447-5027

Dustin Williams
Regional Chair

Phone: (204)720-1171

Mark Pawluk

Phone: (204)773-6655

Jill Krahn
Nomination Chair

Phone: 204 750-1182