Winnipeg, MB (October 20,2018) – The MB Outstanding Young Farmers(OYF) Region is preparing to host Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ National Event which will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

Manitoba OYF regional chair, Dustin Williams says “Our conference theme this year is “Bridging the Gap – Building Public Trust”.  We chose this theme as we felt it reflects the core values that the OYF program celebrates.  We are building bridges within our industry, whatever the type of food producer you are. The conference will highlight the diversity that exists in Manitoba Ag.   Also, in celebrating excellence in agriculture we are building bridges between the food producers and the consumers, demonstrating the passion, hard work, and ethics that goes into the production of safe, healthy food for the world.  We want to share this message, and the success stories of our amazing young farmers with the nation.”

Every year this event brings recognition to outstanding farm couples in Canada between 18 and 39 years of age who have exemplified excellence in their profession while fostering better urban-rural relations. Seven entrepreneurial farm couples from across Canada chosen from their home regions will present highlights of their operations at the national event. This year’s honourees include:

Tyler McNaughton & Sacha Bentall of Fort Steele, BC

Craig & Jinel Ference of Kurriemuir, AB

Jordan & Jennifer Lindgren of Norquay, SK

Brooks & Jen White of Pierson, MB

Jordan & Alex McKay of Port Perry ON

Philippe Laurendeau & Kristina Roarke of Warwick.QC

Robert Anderson & Jill Ebbett of Glassville, NB


“Through this event, we have the privilege of bringing together farmers and stakeholders who are committed to the advancement of agriculture across Canada. To bring together so many differences gives us great strength,” says COYF President Carl Marquis.

Celebrating 38 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture. Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and La Coop fédérée. The national media sponsor is Annex Business Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and Farm Management Canada.


 For more information on this event please contact:

Carla Kaeding, Program Manager, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers

306.896.7833 ·  ·