Search on for best young farmers

Here’s your chance to recognize someone with the title of the 2009 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer.
This award will be presented at the regional conference to be held next March 9-11 in London, Ont.
The Outstanding Young Farmer Program is seeking people who contribute to the community, who seek new opportunities, and who generally are assets to Ontario’s agri-food industry.
Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the award. The eligibility requirements are simply:
•must be between the ages of 18 and 39;
•must operate a farm; and
•must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.
The process is simple. Nominations are submitted by Dec. 1. Nominees then are contacted and complete an application form, which is due Jan. 15.
A preliminary judging committee consisting of OOYF alumni reviews the submitted application forms and contacts the top candidates.
Their decision is based upon items such as the nominee’s progress in their agricultural career, adoption of soil, water, and energy conservation practices, financial and management practices, and contribution to the well-being of the community, province, and nation.
The top candidates then participate in an interview and presentation process at the regional event to be held in March 9-11 in London. The winner will be announced at the final banquet.
The provincial winner then will compete in the national competition, which is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession.
The national competition for 2009 will be held in Ottawa next December.
If you know an outstanding young farmer, please nominate them by completing an application form. They are available at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office in Emo.
More information about the Outstanding Young Farmer Program can be found at http://www.oyfcanada.com
If you have questions about the nomination process, contact Karen Daynard at kdaynard@sympatico.ca or 1-519-836-2583.
Dates to remember
•Nov. 11-12—Large animal clinic dates for Dr. Dan Matyasovszky (call 1-807-475-3837 to book an appointment); and
•Nov. 17-20–Large animal clinic dates for Dr. Blair Simonson (call 274-7393 to book an appointment).

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