Auction May 26 to support outstanding young farmers’ program

The Canadian As­sociation of Farm Advisors (CAFA) has just announced it will hold a fundraising auction on May 26 in conjunction with its fifth annual Ontario con­ference. The proceeds of the auction will go to support the 2009 Canada’s outstanding young farmers’ awards program being held in Ottawa from Dec. 1 to 6. Organizing committee chairman Donald Russell is delighted with the News. "Hosting the national COYF awards program re­quires a great deal of money, so we spend much of our time looking for sponsors. Having CAFA volunteers to do this for us not only helps us put on a better program, but also really demonstrates the commitment they have to the community."

The event is being run by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers. Donations are being sought and more information on how to donate items can be obtained by contacting Karen Daynard at or Liz Robertson at info@cafa­

Celebrating its 29th year, Canada’s outstanding young farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excel­lence in their profession and promote the tremendous contri­bution of agriculture, and rural Canada. Demonstrating leader­ship in the agricultural industry, nominees are judged according to the following criteria:

– progress made in their agriculture career;

– environmental and safety practices;

– crop and livestock pro­duction history;

– financial and management practices; and

– contributions to the well-being of their community, province, and nation.

Winners selected from each of the seven regions across Canada, will come to Ottawa to compete for the title of Can­ada’s outstanding young farm­er.