The OYF program begins each year with the nomination of farmers at the local level. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer as long as the young farmer meets the following program eligibility requirements:
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
- Be farm operators
- Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming
Nominations for the 2018 Award are now open. THE NOMINATION FORM IS HERE. Forms are due no later than January 15, 2018.
Step One: Regional Level
If these eligibility requirements are met, a nomination form must be fully completed and returned to:
Jason and Christina Pyke
1833 Hwy 95
Wolfe Island, ON K0H2Y0
Jason’s cell: 613-561-0389
Christina’s cell 613-561-5824
by January 15 2018 in order to be eligible for review. The nominees will be contacted and provided with more details on the program and an application form.
THE APPLICATION FORM IS HERE. The nominees should remember to fill in everything that they do in their farming business. Feel free to contact Ontario OYF alumni with any questions. They will be happy to help with both the nomination and the application process.
The deadline for application forms is February 15 2018. Completed application forms are sent to a preliminary judging panel, consisting of past OOYF winners who select the top five or six candidates based on the following criteria:
- progress in agriculture career
- extent of soil, water and energy conservation practices
- crop and/or livestock production history
- management practices
- contribution to the well-being of the community, province and nation
The top six finalists will then fill in the National Application form by March 30 2018. The farm photos, PowerPoint presentaion and financial information is submitted by August 1st 2018. The top candidates will be asked to participate in an interview and presentation process at the regional event where the regional winner will be selected.
Step Two: National Conference
The winner of the regional competition is expected to represent the region at the National Conference to be recognized for their achievements and be judged by a distinguished panel which selects the two honorees to receive Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for further clarification.