Nominees may be an individual, couple or managing partner/shareholder of a farm group. Nominees may be two partners in a farming operation (i.e. siblings) who meet all the criteria requirements.
The nominee must be responsible for the majority of management decisions in operating the farm. They must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their gross revenue from farming and not have reached the age of 40 as of January 1 in the year of competition.
A letter of support (on formal letterhead) from a third party must accompany the application form at the regional level.
To nominate a farmer for the Regional Awards Program please download and complete the Alberta Region Nomination Form.
After nomination, the nominee(s) will then proceed to step 2 of the process, which will include filling out an application form with further information, supplying photos, and providing a letter of support from a financial institution. Upon successful completion of step 2, the nominee(s) will be invited to the Regional Event to present their farming operation to the judges.
To qualify for the National Recognition Awards Program the nominees must be certified winners of a valid Regional Awards Programs and must:
- Be aged 18 through 39; not becoming 40 prior to January 1 of the year of competition.
- Be actual farm operators, deriving a minimum of two-thirds of their gross income from their farming operation.
- All financial information including financial statements must be complete for the National Competition. Financial records will be held in strict confidence.
- Photographs are required for display and publication purposes. The PowerPoint presentation should depict the story of your farm’s achievements, the people involved, contributions to improve lifestyle and family.
The judging criteria of Outstanding Young Farmers will be:
- Progress in agriculture career (25 points).
- Environmental stewardship (25 points).
- Production history (25 points).
- Financial and management practices (25 points).
- Contributions to the well-being of the community, province and nation (25 points).
- Other information.
- Financial progress (15 points).
- Oral interviews (35 points).
- National event PowerPoint presentation (25 points).
You can download the Alberta Regional nomination form here
Alberta Region Nomination Form