Nominations for Outstanding Young Farmer due Dec. 1

There are only two weeks left to nominate someone for the 2009 Out­standing Young Farmers’ program in the Ontario region.

Nomination forms are avail­able by calling 519-836-2583 or emailing Karen Daynard, OOYF Coordinator at kday­nard­

Nominations must be received by Dec. 1.

Nominees may be an individual, couple, or man­aging partner and shareholder of a farm group.

To qualify, the nominee must derive a mini­mum of two-thirds of gross revenue from farming and not have reached the age of 40 as of Jan. 1 in the year of compe­tition.

Celebrating its 29th year, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farm­ers who 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.

Sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited, TD Canada Trust, Syngenta, UPI LLP,  Growmark, The Western Fair Association, and Organic Meadow, the Ontario regional event for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program will be hosted in conjunction with the Western Fair Farm Show on March 9 to 11.

One farmer or farming couple will be selected to represent the Ontario region at the National Awards pro­gram, to be held in Ottawa in December, 2009.