Nominate an outstanding young farmer

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ Program (OOYF).
Nominees may be individuals, partners, or couples who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their gross revenue from farming and are under the age of 40 as of Jan. 1 in the year of competition.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the OOYF website—www.oyfontario.ca—and must be received by Dec. 15.
Celebrating its 34th year, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture and rural Canada.
Demonstrating leadership in the agricultural industry, nominees are judged according to the following criteria:
•progress made in their agriculture career;
•environmental and safety practices;
•crop and livestock production history;
•financial and management practices; and
•contributions to the well-being of their community, province, and nation.
The Ontario Region of the Outstanding Young Farmer Program is one of seven regional programs.
Each region holds an event where local nominees are judged on specific criteria.
The 2014 winner will be selected at the Ontario regional event being held in Guelph from March 24-26.
They then will represent Ontario at the National Awards Program, to be held next November in Quebec City.
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 they meet the following program eligibility requirements:
•must be aged 18-39;
•be farm operators; and
•derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.

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