Saskatchewan's Outstanding Young Farmers' Program    

Nomination Criteria

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 Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmer as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Must not have reached the age of 40 as of January 1st in the year of competition
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Click here for the 2017 Nomination Form. Nominations for the 2017 Award are due by February 15, 2017.

Step One: Regional Level

If these eligibility requirements are met, a nomination form must be fully completed and returned to the SK OYF Coordinator by the deadline in order to be eligible for review. The Coordinator will then contact the nominees and provide them with more details on the 6rogram and an application form.

Applications for the 2017 Award are due by April 15, 2017.

The top candidates will be asked to participate in an interview and presentation process at the regional event June 22-23, 2017 where the regional winner will be selected 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

Step Two: National Conference

The winner of the Saskatchewan regional competition will 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.  

The OYF program is a way to recognize progressive, young producers.  The competition is secondary.