(Laval- November 9, 2023) – The Quebec Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) Region is preparing to host Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ National Event which will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Laval QC from Nov 23-26,2023.

Quebec OYF regional chair, Johanne Cameron states, “The crop of National Finalists 2023 proudly demonstrate that they have the passion, vision and entrepreneurial spirit required to face the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural world. They demonstrate the richness of our beautiful Canadian agriculture! ”

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 on Friday November 24.

This year’s regional finalists are:

Marijke Oudshoorn & Willem van de Wetering- Spud Isle Farms- Morell PE

Remi Taillon & Sophie Brodeur- Ferme Reso- Sainte-Dominique, QC

Stewart Skinner& Jessica Kelly- Imani Farms- Listowel,ON

Harley & Brooklyn Siemens- Siemens Farms- Rosenort, MB

Jake & Sarah Leguee- Leguee Farms- Weyburn, SK

Greg & Sarah Stamp- Stamp Seeds- Enchant, AB

Travis & Brad Hopcott- Hopcott Farms- Pitt Meadows, BC

“I want to extend and invite everyone to enjoy the hospitality of the Quebec hosting committee as they showcase their beautiful province. To the finalists, I sincerely hope you take time to forge long lasting friendships and discover new relationships that you will always cherish. You all share passion and diversity in your agricultural expertise. We are all excited to get to know you!”, states COYF President Danny Penner.

Celebrating 43 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, Sollio Agriculture and CN; our media partners, Glacier FarmMedia and WS and supported nationally by BDO.


For more information on this event please contact:

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

306.896.7833 ·kaedingc@hotmail.com  · www.oyfcanada.com