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Manitoba names Outstanding Young Farmer for 2015

Mar. 5, 2015 - Mark and Cori Pawluk of Pawluk Ag Ventures Ltd. are the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for Manitoba.

Mark returned to his family farm in 1999 after university and worked together with his parents Brian and Brenda. They farmed side by side until 2011 when Mark's parents retired from active farming, but they continue to be an invaluable resource to Mark and Cori.

The Pawluk's grain farm grew steadily over the years, and today, Mark and Cori farm about 5,700 acres (owned and rented) growing primarily wheat, barley, flax and canola. And the addition of a private elevator and cleaning facility, with direct rail access, has diversified their farm business. The addition of flax processing – for human and pet food – provides dependable year round business for the plant.

When Cori isn't helping on the farm, she works off-farm as a registered psychiatric nurse. Mark and Cori strive for a healthy balance of work, family and leisure, together with their young son Landon and get away camping in the summer and travelling in the winter.

Celebrating 35 years, Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers' program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture.

Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer CropScience, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The national media sponsor is Annex Business Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and Farm Management Canada.

Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015 will be chosen at the National Event in Edmonton, Alberta from November 17-22, 2015.