Nominate young farmer for award

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

Nominations are now open for the 2012 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 at and must be received by Dec. 1.
Celebrating its 32nd 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/or nation.
The 2012 winner will be selected at the Ontario regional event being held next March 26-28 in Niagara Falls.
They then will represent Ontario at the national awards program, to be held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. next November.
The OOYF is proudly sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited, TD Canada Trust, Syngenta, Better Farming, Conservation Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and GROWMARK.
The national competition is sponsored by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Bayer Crop Science, CIBC, and John Deere.
For more information, contact Karen Daynard (Ontario co-ordinator) at 1-519-836-2583, via fax at 1-519-836-1733, or via e-mail at
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The Canadian Farm Business Management Council has released its schedule of “Agri-webinar” speakers that are offered Mondays at noon (EST) from November, 2011 through to February, 2012.
Topics include business management, financial management, agricultural economics, marketing, and more.
You can sign up for these at
Dates to remember
•Nov. 23—Rainy River Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s annual general meeting, 7:30 p.m., Emo Inn.

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