Current Manitoba Winners

Andre & Katie Steppler- Miami, MB

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.

Manitoba  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’ Manitoba award winners exemplify the ideals of our program click below.

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2022 Nominees

2022- Tyson Martens- Kola, MB

Seven Stones Inc

My name is Tyson Martens, I am the joint owner of Seven Stones Inc. I farm a 4000 acre grain farm consisting of rented and owned land with my wife Alida Martens. Our farm is located in South Western Manitoba just south of the number 1 Hwy. This is a third generation farm; beginning when […]

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2022-Harley Siemens-Rosenort, MB

I am a 4th generation poultry farmer located in Rosenort. Agriculture has always been my passion and pride. Growing up on the farm, I believe, is one of the best experiences one can have. Now with my wife, Brooklyn and our three children (TaNeille 4, Sawyer 3, Beckett 1), they can enjoy the same upbringing […]

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2022-Richard and Kristy-Layne Carr-Marchand, MB.

Rich Lane Farms

Richard and Kristy-Layne Carr own and operate Rich Lane Farms in Marchand, MB. There they are raising a family of four children, Slade (14), Elora (11), and twins Nate & Isabel (8). They milk 55 Holstein cows in a double 8 parlour. The milk cows are housed in a straw pack barn, and the youngstock […]

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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.





Manitoba’s 2020 Outstanding Young Farmers are Andre & Katie Steppler

Brandon, MB (March 11, 2020) – At the Clarion Hotel in Brandon over seventy people gathered to celebrate Andre & Katie Steppler of Steppler Farms located near Miami, MB as Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2020. The winners were announced at the Manitoba regional event held on March 6-8. Andre and Katie Steppler, along with […]

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Manitoba Regional Event
June 15-16, 2022

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OYF National Event
Nov 23 - 27, 2022

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The OYF 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.



Major Jay Fox Memorial Scholarship

The Major Jay Fox Memorial scholarship has been developed by the Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers in honour of Jay and the contribution that he made to agriculture in Canada. An annual scholarship will be presented to recognize a student continuing in the field of agriculture that has made a significant difference in their communities. One bursary will be awarded annually in the amount of $1000.00.


Contact Us

Angela Fox
Regioanl Administrator

Phone: (204)447-5027

Dustin Williams
Regional Chair

Phone: (204)720-1171

Mark Pawluk

Phone: (204)773-6655

Jill Krahn
Nomination Chair

Phone: 204 750-1182