The OYF program begins each year with the nomination of farmers at the local level. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmer - even the farmers themselves - as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Please click to download a copy in Word: NOMINATION FORM

To review, we also have one availble in PDF

If you have any questions about eligibility or the process, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Step One: Regional Level

If these eligibility requirements are met, a nomination form must be fully completed and returned to the Atlantic OYF by the deadline in order to be eligible for review. Judges will select the five top candidates based on the following criteria:

  • progress in agriculture career
  • extent of soil, water and energy conservation practices
  • crop and/or livestock production history
  • financial and management practices
  • contribution to the well-being of the community, province and nation

The top candidates will be asked to participate in an interview and presentation process at the regional event, further judging will take place at this time and a regional winner will be selected.

Step Two: National Conference

The winner of the regional competition is invited to represent the region at the National Conference to be recognized for their achievements and be judged by a distinguished panel which selects the two honorees to receive Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

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