Saskatchewan looking for outstanding young farmers

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Nominations are being called for Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmer.

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“We are an organization that basically recognizes people in agriculture under the age of 40 that excel in agriculture and must be very involved and hands-on in their operations,” said Art Prium, president of the Saskatchewan branch of the Outstanding Young Farmer organization.

The nominees cannot be a minority owner or a silent partner -- they have to be directly involved.

“We are recognizing those who are quite involved in the livestock industry or the grain industry,” Prium said. “At the end of the day -- it doesn’t matter what industry you rarely in -- we firmly believe it is good to recognize the young people who have been willing to take an opportunity and grow with it and make their business in the industry a successful.”

Prium, who won the award with his wife in 2009, said agriculture is a huge industry for both Saskatchewan and Canada.

“At the end of the day I think we just show who these people are who are the leaders,” Prium said. “Some already are leaders in the industry today but others will be leaders in the industry in the future.”

Many times, the nominees are also involved in agricultural positions of power, such as agriculture minister.

The outstanding young farmers must also be willing to look to the future when it comes to farming techniques.

“Basically they must show strength in their business and from that I basically mean they run a successful business and are willing to adapt to changes,” Prium said. “As the industry changes, they are willing to grow as required.”  

There is some emphasis on finances, environmental stewardship and social interactions.

“We look for community involvement,” Prium said. “A lot of these people are heavily involved in their communities whether it is church lives or sports lives … and lots of times these people are sitting on these committees or boards.”

Although there have not yet been any winners from the Prince Albert area, there have been winners in the Star City area as well as the Ridgedale/Melfort area.

Last year, winners Chad and Darlene Krikau represented the province in the National competition were from between Rosthern and Wilheim.

“For the last year, we had five different couples nominated for the award and they varied from almost all the corners of the province,” Prium said.

The nominees can be from many different agriculture fields, including dairy, beef, hogs, grain and other unique productions.

“Even last year, we happened to have … in my area there is a hydroponics green house operation they were involved as well,” Prium said. “Typically what we are looking for are people who are very involved, are very active in the farm.”

Nominations close on March 1 and can be found on the organization’s website at www.saskoyf.ca. The winning farmer will be named at the Farm Progress Show held in Regina on

 Nominations close March 1. The competition for Saskatchewan we always hold on the Friday during the Farm Progress show in Regina on June 19-20.

Organizations: Outstanding Young Farmer organization, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina Melfort Rosthern

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