Andrew and Tanis DeRuyck’s unique mix of grain farming and farm management consulting has earned them special recognition as Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for 2011.
The Mariapolis couple chosen at a recent banquet in Brandon, and will represent Manitoba when the province hosts the national OYF event later this year.
Andrew and Tanis both began their careers at the University of Manitoba, graduating with degrees in agriculture. They began farming 12 years ago in joint partnership of a grain/beef farm with Andrew’s parents, including a 275-cow-calf herd and 275-head feedlot.
When the cattle herd was dispersed in 2007, the couple incorporated their portion of the family farm, purchased another section of land to focus on grain farming and also formed DeRuyck Consulting Incorporated – a farm management business.
“The DeRuycks have clearly followed their own farm management advice in the evolution of their diversified operation – combining grain farming with mediation and consulting work,” says Richard Stamp, national OYF representative in a release. “Innovative ideas and business combinations like the one Andrew and Tanis have built, are the backbone of a strong, diversified agricultural sector in Canada, and we’re honoured to have them as part of the OYF family.”
The consulting side of the DeRuycks’ operation began in 2008 after Andrew received his mediator’s certificate. He’s worked with many top-level agricultural companies, including Dow AgroSciences, BASF, Farm Credit Canada and CIBC. The farm business management business has given Andrew and Tanis the opportunity to work with numerous producers and advisory services providing financial and strategic planning advice.
In 2009, they formed Right Choice Management Consulting – a joint venture with financial adviser Mark Sloane – that has enabled them to further grow this side of their farm business.
On the production side of their operation, the DeRuycks’ grain operation covers 1,120 acres (about 900 are cultivated) and also includes custom work. Andrew and Tanis farm with their two children, nine-year- old Ben and six-year-old Paige.
Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2011 will be chosen at the National Event in Brandon, Man. from November 14-20, 2011.