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Contest 2019 Tournez-vous vers l'excellence!

2019 Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! Contest

To recognize excellence among aspiring farmers.

This contest is for new agricultural entrepreneurs who, by applying their professional skills and management qualities, stand out for their level of excellence.

To win: one $5,000 grant, two $2,500 grants and one $1,500 sustainable development grant

The Fonds d’investissement pour la relève agricole (FIRA) will also award a $1,500 grant to one of 10 finalists who stand out due to the relevancy of their training and how they leveraged their coaching or mentoring to make their business project a success.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have been in business for two to seven years
  • Be between 18 and 40 years of age
  • Hold at least 20% of your operation's shares
  • Have received a Part-Time or Full-Time grant under the Financial Support for Aspiring Farmers program or received confirmation that this grant will be accorded

The aim of the Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! contest is to showcase the individual contribution of entrepreneurs. Note that only one person may apply per farm business, even if the operation has two associates with equal shares.

Application deadline: April 26, 2019

The winners will be announced during the Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ)’s Colloque Gestion (business convention), held in Drummondville next November.

In holding this contest, La Financière agricole du Québec, in conjunction with CRAAQ, seeks to demonstrate the importance it places on training and the acquisition of skills and abilities that pave the way to becoming a successful farm business operator.

Since the contest’s creation in 2005, 40 young people have received an award of excellence from La Financière agricole and six people have received a FIRA grant, for a total of $132,500.

Application form for the 2019 contest
(FrenchEnglish translation)

2018 and 2017 Contest Winners and Runner-Ups