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Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers - Atlantic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2007

NOVA SCOTIA COUPLE WIN AWARD AS ATLANTIC’S OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMERS

Greenwich, NS – Wayne and Nicole Oulton of W.G. Oulton and Sons Ltd. in Windsor are Atlantic Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2008.

The young farm couple won the Atlantic region’s competition of the prestigious Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program at an event in Greenwich, Nova Scotia last Friday, March 14th. They produce, process and direct market beef, chicken, turkey and other poultry, as well as deer, other exotics, and sheep under the Martock Glen Farms brand. They also manage 40 acres of apple orchard and 500 acres of woodlot. They have actively partnered with the Slow Food Movement and top chefs in the province who praise they high quality product.

Both Wayne and Nicole are graduates of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and have a 1-year-old son, Ty. Wayne is active in various agriculture organizations including the Sheep Producers of Nova Scotia, the Agricultural Society and Federation of Agriculture, Hants Co. Nicole is an executive on the Hants Co. Branch of the Arthritis Society, an organizer for Rural Women’s Day and an active member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists

“We are honoured to be in the company of the other young farmers who participated this year,” said the Oultons. “To participate and then to win is very exciting for us. We are very proud to be farmers, to have a strong belief in our community and our family and in pushing our farm to produce products that consumers want.”

The Oultons were chosen by a panel of judges from a group of three finalists. The couple will now represent the region at the national competition this November in Calgary. The other honourees were Greg and Tania
MacKenzie of Mackenzie Produce in Stratford, PEI and Kevin and Lynda Schurman of Dunk River Farms Ltd. in Central Bedeque, PEI.
“It was a very strong and competitive field this year with young farmers from across the region,” said Brian Newcombe, outgoing Chair of the Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers Committee. “We’ve had more national winners from this region than any other and we are excited about the number of exceptional young farmers we still have year after year and this year was no different. Wayne and Nicole will be terrific representatives for us.”

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program was founded in 1979 by the Canadian Junior Chamber/Jaycees. 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 farms. 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 Awards Program. They are judged by a distinguished panel using the following criteria:
• progress made during their farming career
• maximum utilization of soil, water and energy conservation practices
• crop and livestock production history
• contribution to the well-being of the community, province and nation.

The Atlantic region program has three charter sponsors: AgraPoint, Atlantic New Holland dealers and Farm Credit Canada. Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is sponsored nationally by John Deere, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, CIBC, Bayer CropScience and AdFarm.

For more information on the Atlantic program please visit: www.oyfatlantic.ca

For more information on the national program, please visit: http://www.oyfcanada.com/

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For more information, contact:

Wayne and Nicole Oulton
(902) 798-3325 or (902) 798-4734

Brian Newcombe, Atlantic Young Farmers Committee
(902) 680-6652

 
 
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