Searching for outstanding farmers under 40

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Canada’s strong agricultural tradition needs new people to keep it alive.

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“If we don’t have new generations coming up in the farm, the farms are going to die,” said Kris Mayerle, vice chair for Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmer’s Program.

For 34 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer’s program has searched for those who exemplify excellence in their profession.

Nominations for Saskatchewan’s regional event close on March 1.

Nominees may be an individual, couple or managing partner/shareholder of a farm group. Nominees must derive a minimum of two-thirds of gross revenue from farming and must be younger than 40.

“Everybody in Canada feels the benefit of agriculture. It’s where your food comes from,” Mayerle said. “That’s what we do: we feed the world.”

Nominees are judged according to progress made in their agriculture career, environmental and safety practices, crop livestock production history, financial and management practices and contributions to the wellbeing of their community, province and country.

But Mayerle said it’s also about celebrating agriculture’s diversity, in addition to those who excel at it.

“You get all kinds of industries: from a grain farm, to a dairy farm, to a hog farm and to a vegetable farm,” Mayerle said. “We’ve had people in there that are beekeepers. We’ve had winemakers. It’s all aspects of agriculture.”

The 2014 winner will be selected at the Saskatchewan regional event in Regina from June 19–20. The winner, or winners, will represent Saskatchewan at the National Awards Program in Quebec City in November.

Last year’s national event was held in Regina and Chad and Darlene Krikau of Stream Stick Farms Ltd. from Waldheim, represented Saskatchewan.

More information can be found at www.saskoyf.ca.

Organizations: Stream Stick Farms

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina Quebec City

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