Alberta

Current Alberta Winners

Roelof & Mary van Bentham- Red Deer County, AB

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (COYF) is a unique program designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution to agriculture. The program is open to farmers or couples who derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming operations.

Alberta/NWT is one of seven regions. Each region holds an event where local nominees are judged on specific criteria. All regional winners represent their areas at an annual national event where they compete to be named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

To read how this years’ Alberta/NWT award winners exemplify the ideals of our program click below.

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2021 Nominees

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NOMINATE A FARMER

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between the ages of 18 and 39 who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from their farm operations. Each year one farming couple is selected from each of the program’s seven Regional Recognition Events to represent their respective region at the National Recognition Event.

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Scholarships

The COYF Memorial Scholarships were established in memory of the late Martin Streef, president of Streef Produce Ltd., a family-run fresh fruit and vegetable business in Woodstock Ontario, to help future generations of Canadians pursue their passion for agriculture.

In 1996, Streef was recognized as both Ontario’s and Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer. He died in April 2008.

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News

Roelof & Mary van Benthem named Alberta/NWT’s 2020 Outstanding Young Farmers

Red Deer, AB (Feb.8, 2020)–Alumni and industry gathered to honour Roelof and Mary van Benthem, owners of van Benthem Dairy, located at Spruceview, AB, as Alberta/NWT’s 2020 Outstanding Young Farmers. The winners were announced at the Alberta regional event held in Red Deer, Alberta on February 6-7th. Roelof moved to Canada in 2000 and spent […]

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Upcoming Events

Alberta Regional Event

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OYF National Event
Nov 24, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021

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Regional Sponsors

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Contact Us

Meaghan Carrier
Regional Coordinator

Email: oyf2016@gmail.com
Phone: 403-589-3022

Jinel Ference
Regional Chair

Email: jinel@doubleffarms.ca
Phone: 403-552-3755

Robert Semeniuk
Vice Chair

Email: arsemeniuk@mcsnet.ca
Phone: 780-650-0545

Natasha Pospisil
Treasurer

Email: kirriemuir@live.com
Phone: 780-753-7600

Tara Sawyer
Past Chair

Email: tara.sawyer23@gmail.com
Phone: 403-546-2259