Farmers from Saskatchewan and Quebec have received the 2017 Outstanding Young Farmers Award.
Derek and Tannis Axten from Minton, located near the U.S. border, are grain farmers that are using several measures to improve soil health. This includes intercropping, cover crops and controlled traffic farming. The Axtens say the measures are allowing them to increase water retention and build organic matter in the soil.
The Quebec farmers are organic vegetable producers. Veronique Bouchard and Francois Handsfield grow 65 types vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.
The Outstanding Young Farmers award was established to recognize the next generation of agriculture. It is open to producers between the ages of 18 and 39, who derive at least two-thirds of their income from the farm.
(Above photo: seven nominees for the Outstanding Young Farmers Award following award ceremony in Penticton, B.C.) (Photo below is Derek and Tannis Axten)