Nominations are open for the 2010 Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program. Nominees may be individuals or couples who derive a minimum of two-thirds of gross revenue from farming and are under 40 as of Jan. 1.
Nominations can be downloaded at www.oyfontario.ca and the deadline is Dec. 15.
Celebrating its 30th year, the national program is an annual competition to recognize young farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession. 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, nation.
The winner is selected at the Ontario event in Belleville April 2 to 4 and represents Ontario at the national awards in Victoria in December.