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With the New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award we showcase producers who have successfully transferred or started a farm business while ensuring its sustainability and the equity of all stakeholders.

 

Register before May 20, 2022 !

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PRIZE

Winner for the Farm Succession category

  • $5,000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer (young famers)
  • $3,000 in travel credit (previous generation) 


Winner for the New Farm Enterprise category 

  • $5,000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer 


Finalist for both categories

  • $2,000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer

CONDITIONS

In order to be eligible for the Sollio Cooperative Group’s New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award the applicant must: 

  • Be a member and client of a cooperative in the Sollio Cooperative Group; 
  • Be less than 40 years old in the year of participation; 
  • For the New Farm Enterprise category, be establish for less than 10 years; 
  • For the Farm Succession category, own at least 20 % of the shares of the farm, for a maximum of 10 years before participating in the contest.  

 

 

 

MODALITIES

There are three easy steps to entering the competition.  

  

Step 1: Application file  

Applicants must thoroughly complete the application file found on the following pages.  

All information will be taken into consideration in the jury's evaluation. It is important to complete each section in as much detail as possible. It is recommended that the application be proofread by someone from the cooperative supporting the nomination.  

In addition, at the end of the application, a letter of recommendation from the board of directors of the cooperative and signed by the president of the cooperative must be attached. The letter must include the reasons why the company should win the competition. 

 

Stage 2: Semi-Finalists 

A panel of judges will confidentially review all entries and select semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will then undergo a technical and economic analysis and will be required to have the jury visit their farm to participate in an interview.  

 

Step 3: Finalists 

Following the farm visits, finalists will be selected by the jury. These finalists will then be visited by a journalist, a film crew and a photographer to produce short videos and articles published in the Coopérateur magazine. 

The finalists will be invited to the Sollio Cooperative Group Annual General Meeting banquet at the end of February to unveil the winners in each category.  

During the year, finalists may be asked to participate in filming or promotional elements for the contest.  

ARCHIVES

Édition 2022 – en cours 

  • Ferme A & L Desnoyers inc. (Finaliste Transfert) - Uniag Coopérative 
  • Ferme Magolait enr. (Finaliste Transfert) - VIVACO groupe coopératif 
  • Ferme Valsé inc. (Finaliste Établissement) - Avantis Coopérative 
  • Ferme Wilvoc Holsteins (Finaliste Établissement) - Novago Coopérative


Édition 2021


Édition 2020 


Édition 2019


Édition 2018


Édition 2017


Édition 2016


Édition 2015


Édition 2014


Édition 2013 

 

Édition 2012


Édition 2011 


Édition 2010 

  • Ferme Magenta s.e.n.c. - La Coop des Montérégiennes 
  • Ferme du Ruisseau fleury - VIVACO groupe coopératif 
  • Ferme Andrel et fils inc. - Covris Coopérative  


Édition 2009 

  • Ferme Demers et associés - Covris Coopérative 
  • Ferme Kajo s.e.n.c. - VIVACO groupe coopératif 
  • Ferme Iverjean inc. - VIVACO groupe coopératif


Édition 2008

  • Ferme des mésanges (Gagnante) - Nutrinor coopérative


Édition 2007

  • Ferme Jal Royage (Gagnante) - VIVACO groupe coopératif 
  • Ferme Diolac S.E.N.C. (Finaliste) - Covris Coopérative
  • Ferme Malherbe (Finaliste) - Nutrinor coopérative 


Édition 2006 

  • Ferme St-Baslo & fils inc. (Gagnante) - Mont-Joli


Édition 2005

  • Ferme Gena & fils inc. (Gagnante) - Avantis Coopérative


Édition 2004 

  • Ferme Pabyo inc. (Gagnante) - Nutrinor coopérative 


Édition 2003 

  • Ferme Ciboulette inc. (Gagnante) - La Coop St-Hubert
FAQ

1. What are the objectives of the New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award?

  • To showcase families and businesses that have successfully transferred or established their farm business;
  • To highlight the profession of agricultural production and the human aspect of this great process;
  • To inspire the next generations with various models of farm business transfer and establishment.


2. How long last the New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award?

The registration period runs from the annual general meeting of Sollio Cooperative Group (end of February) to the end of May. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will need to set aside time for a half-day interview and a visit to the farm by the jury. And a half-day visit to the farm by the jury. And if you are selected as a finalist, you will need to set aside a day to shoot the video on the farm as well as participation in the annual general meeting for the awards ceremony. In addition, it is possible that you will be solicited for other promotional shoots during the year.


3. Who funds the New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award?

This is a competition funded entirely by Sollio Cooperative Group.


4. What are the monetary prizes that a finalist or winner can obtain?

Winner for the Farm Succession category

  • $ 5 000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer (young famers)
  • $ 3 000 in travel credit (previous generation)


Winner for the New Farm Enterprise category 

  • $ 5 000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer Finalist for both categories
  • $ 2 000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer


Finalists for both categories 

  • $2,000 in credit at BMR or Sollio Agriculture affiliated farm input retailer


5. Aside from the monetary prizes, what else is offered to the finalists?

  • Video on the enterprise;
  • Article in the Coopérateur in the form of a laminate;
  • USB key with photos taken by a professional photographer during the shooting of the video;
  • Invitation to the annual general meeting of Sollio Cooperative Group;
  • Trophy awarded to the finalists;
  • Promotion of the enterprise on Sollio Cooperative Group's social networks throughout the year.


6. What is the difference between the two categories of the contest?

  • Category Farm Succession: transfer of a farm business from one generation to another (related or not)
  • Category New Farm Enterprise: starting a farm business


7. Are the two categories evaluated in the same way?

Both categories are evaluated in the same way. Applicants are compared to each other in each category. In addition, some questions are different in the application form to accommodate the specific situation of each category.


8. Who is the jury composed of?

  • Muriel Dubois, Senior Vice President of the Board of Directors of Sollio Cooperative Group;
  • Michel Brosseau, special advisor to the senior management of Sollio Cooperative Group;
  • Gilles Cardinal, former General Manager of La Coop Comax;
  • Étienne Gosselin, competition secretary and agricultural journalist.


9. What are the main evaluation criteria?

  • Quality of planning of the succession or establishment;
  • Relationship between the different generations or between the different shareholders;
  • Sustainability of the business;
  • Use of advisory services;
  • Business performance;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Form completed assiduously.


10. How do I register?

To register, go to the Sollio Cooperative Group website, on the Young Farmers page, then on the tab the New Farm Enterprise and Farm Succession Award. You must create a user account (in the applicant's name) in order to open the application file on the portal. Assistance in completing the application can be obtained from your local co-op or consultant.


11. What supporting documents do I need to provide?

You will be asked to provide reports from the business management tools developed by Sollio Agriculture (Lactascan, Aviscan, AgConnexion, etc.) depending on your production. In addition, when you are a finalist, you will have to provide your financial statements and shareholder agreement, if applicable.


12. Can a candidate apply for several years in a row if they are not selected the first time?

Yes, absolutely! His or her business will probably have evolved, and he or she will benefit from this for a future application.

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