Canada’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers hail from Alberta and Ontario


The national Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) awards gala was held at Winnipeg, Man., this past weekend, and farmers from Alberta and Ontario took home the top prize.

Fourth-generation farmers, Craig and Jinel Ference, who operate Double F Farms at Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers Jordan and Alex McKay, who operate Willow Tree Farms at Port Perry, Ont., are this year’s national winners.

The Ferences have a mixed farm with 10,000 acres of grain and manage 4,000-head cow-calf pairs and an 8,000-head feedlot. The McKays also have a mixed operation that includes fruits and vegetables, beef, and lamb.

OYF is in its 38th year of celebrating farmers who range in age from 18 to 39 who make the majority of income from on-farm sources. Participants are chosen from seven regions across Canada, with two taking the top prize at the awards gala at the end of the year.

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