Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer's event welcomes industry representatives, alumni and OYF regional representatives from across the country.

The event gets underway on Thursday with a number of tours covering all aspects of agriculture from crop production to poultry, dairy and natural sciences.

Friday is the "Creating Change Through Policy" conference with presentations from all of the regional OYF representatives, then everything wraps up Saturday with more tours including a stop at Brandt Manufacturing.

The Outstanding Young Farmer's competition recognizes farmers 18 to 39 who exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture.

COYF Program Manager Carla Kaeding says this year they are welcoming the seven regional winners to Saskatoon for this week's national event.

"It's always fun to see these young and upcoming farmers/producers come in and share their stories. It's just amazing how they're trying new technology, doing new environmental plans to create sustainability and move agriculture forward. "

The title of Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer's will be presented to two honorees during the Gala Banquet on Friday night.

This year’s regional honorees are:

Gurpreet Lidder- Lidder Produce at Keremos, BC

Ben Campbell- Tullichewan Ranch at Black Diamond, AB

Cody Straza & Allison Squires- Upland Organics at Wood Mountain, SK

Richard & Kristy-Layne Carr- Rich Lane Farms at Marchand, MB

David & Jennifer VanDeVelde- Wholesome Pickins Market & Bakery- Delhi, ON

Guillaume & Etienne Lessard- Ferme Holdream Inc- St Honore de Shenley, QC

Morgan & Karissa Smallman- J&J Farms, Alberton PEI

You can hear Glenda-Lee's conversation with COYF Program Manager Carla Kaeding by clicking on the link below.