Young Farmers & Ranchers

The Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Program is for young women and men between 18 and 35 years of age. It provides opportunities to develop leadership traits, public speaking skills and exposure to current issues in agriculture from state and national leaders. YF&Rs support a strong agriculture by serving on special Farm Bureau committees, county Farm Bureau Boards of Directors, and testifying as experts addressing concerns of the farmers and ranchers at public hearings. If having an impact on the future is of interest to you, Farm Bureau will reserve a special place for you in the YF&R program.

The YF&R Leadership Conference is where young Farm Bureau members meet other YF&Rs from across North Carolina. Future leaders share similar concerns and challenges, as well as a mutual love for agriculture. Getting together with friends for top-notch speakers and info-packed workshops is a tradition. The conference happens every year at absolutely no cost to YF&Rs. It's Farm Bureau's way of saying, "Be a part of something BIG."

Your local county Farm Bureau YF&R committee can inform and inspire citizens from all walks of life. YF&Rs promote a broad understanding of agriculture and Farm Bureau. The opportunities to make a difference within your Farm Bureau are there; the needs are there, it is up to you to get involved! With the YF&R program, a few friends and a little creativity - the sky is the limit!

Contest

  • Achievement

    The Achievement Award Program recognizes outstanding achievement in farming, the local community, and civic organizations. Participants must be actively engaged in farming or ranching with a majority of income coming from production agriculture.

    Application

    Prizes

    First Prize
    • Trip to AFBF Convention for winner and spouse
    • RTV
    • Plaque
    Runners-up
    • $500
  • Excellence

    The Excellence in Agriculture Award Program is designed for those who may or may not currently own a farming or ranching operation. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agribusiness, leadership roles, civic organizations and Farm Bureau.

    Application

    Prizes

    First Prize
    • Trip to AFBF Convention for winner and spouse
    • RTV
    • Plaque
    Runners-up
    • $500
  • Discussion

    The Discussion Meet will enhance speaking and communication skills, while promoting solutions to agricultural issues. With others learning from your unique personal perspective, everybody gains when you make the commitment to talk about current agricultural issues. Participants must be actively involved in production agriculture.

    Prizes

    First Prize
    • Trip to AFBF Convention for winner and spouse
    • RTV
    • Plaque
    Runners-up
    • $500
  • Collegiate Discussion

    The Collegiate Discussion Meet will enhance speaking and communication skills, while promoting solutions to agricultural issues. Participation in the Collegiate Discussion Meet will also develop leaders for effective problem solving through group discussion. Contestants must be involved in a college of agriculture with at least a minor in agriculture.

    Prizes

    First Prize
    • Trip to AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference
    • $1,000
    • Plaque
    Runners-up
    • $250