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Young Farmers & Ranchers

About the YF&R Program

The Young Farmers & Ranchers committee of Farm Bureau provides an excellent opportunity for young farmers, ages 18 to 35, to actively participate in the programs of their organization.

Farm Bureau needs young adult farmers and they need Farm Bureau. Never was this more true than today. Other organizations claiming to represent American agriculture are seeking out the young farmer. Farm Bureau will continue its successful and influential approach to solving the many problems of farmers only as its young members are given leadership responsibilities and are encouraged to contribute their energies and abilities for overall success.

As a result of their active participation in the overall Farm Bureau programs, they will experience personal growth and achieve desired aims as Farm Bureau members, farmers and citizens. Effective and meaningful participation requires that young members become a part of Farm Bureau - not apart from Farm Bureau. This means activation and participation in membership acquisition and maintenance, legislative activities, policy development and execution, commodity promotion, marketing, political education and action, local affairs, and in the many affiliated companies. It is this that a sound Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program encourages.


Young Farmers & Ranchers gathered for their annual meeting in Boise. Here they are listening to a speaker at the Statehouse.

Basically then, the overriding purpose of Farm Bureau Young Farmer's program is to provide our young farm members with additional opportunities for becoming active members of the Farm Bureau family.

The following excerpt is from the AFBF policy book:

Young Farmers & Ranchers are eager for meaningful involvement in the vital issues confronting agriculture. We must seek to satisfy that desire through involvement of qualified young farmers and ranchers in all Farm Bureau activities.

A Young Farmers & Ranchers program can be successful only if given the strong and active support of county leaders. This support can best be shown by taking an active interest in the appointing and guiding of a Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee which is advisory and responsible to the County Farm Bureau Board. Steps should be taken to provide Young Farmers & Ranchers easy access to participation in all Farm Bureau programs.

What is the Discussion Meet?

The "Discussion Meet" is a contest promoted by the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. This contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member.

The contest itself involves a moderator and from 4-6 contestants. The moderator's responsibility is to introduce the topic and the contestants, start the discussion and keep it on track. The contestants discuss a pre-selected topic.

The three fundamental bases of general discussion are constructive criticism, cooperation and communication. With this in mind, the participants' responsibility is to exchange ideas and information in an effort to solve a problem. The discussion should not be "conversation" or aimless talk nor should the participant take the role of a persuasive speaker. The participant should attempt to cooperatively shed further light on the problem and tentatively retain a flexible position. A successful participant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader, who is free to state beliefs and change positions whenever new information and ideas make that a reasonable thing to do.

Finally, this is not a panel symposium wherein each participant, in turn, makes a presentation, with the moderator ending the session with a summary. Rather, it is an exercise in cooperative problem solving, with the questions, answers and statements coming from any quarter at any time.

2017 YF&R Discussion Meet Questions

1.American agriculture depends on a foreign-born labor force. How would you draft a national immigration policy?


2. How can we ensure that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, are driving the management of natural resources?


3. How can we as farmers and ranchers maintain “ownership” of our intellectual and proprietary information?
    (Big data, unmanned aerial vehicles, unauthorized videos)


4.  The nation’s tax policy has become increasingly complicated and cumbersome.
     What should a balanced and beneficial tax policy look like for agriculture?


5. Today’s food companies employ many tactics to gain a marketing edge. What is the purpose of food labels? How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that consumers understand the labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?


*These questions will be discussed at the 2017 AFBF Annual Convention and the FUSION Conference.


Generally speaking, the discussion should follow these steps:

  1. State problem or need.
  2. Explore, define, understand problem or need.
  3. Identify causes of problem or need.
  4. Elaborate all possible alternative solutions.
  5. Evaluate and compare alternatives.
  6. Test and project what appears to be the best solution.
  7. Arrive at ways to implement the solution.

2016 Discussion Meet Winner - Erica Louder of Jerome County won a 4-wheeler and a trip to the AFBF Convention.

Purpose of the Discussion Meet
The strength of Farm Bureau is largely in its ability to involve members in analyzing their agricultural problems and deciding on solutions which best meet their needs. Experience has proven that the Discussion Meet will provide an opportunity for greater participation on the part of young, active farmers and ranchers. It will help them to develop a greater command of basic discussion skill. They will acquire a better understanding of how people can think in groups for the sake of better understanding and solutions to problems.

As a leadership training and self-improvement device, the Discussion Meet experience will:

  1. Stimulate logical thinking and a desire for accurate information.
  2. Develop a concise and convenient manner of speaking.
  3. Develop the ability to listen.
  4. Help the participant to overcome timidity or stage fright.
  5. Assist the individual in learning to give and receive criticism in a gainful manner.
  6. Teach the value of compromise.
  7. Develop leaders for effective problem-solving through group discussion.

State Discussion Meet winner receives:

State YF&R Discussion Meet runner-up receives:




AFBF YF&R Discussion Meet Winner* Receives:

The three (3) Finalists** each receive:

StihlIn the event any of the above event prizes/awards are unavailable, AFBF reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value in its sole discretion. Winners and finalists will be expected to 1) accept the awarded prize and 2) consent to the use of their name, likeness and hometown in promotional material, and must be legally eligible to do both.

AFBF YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet Winner* Receives:

The three (3) Finalists** will each receive:

Every participant* receives:

In the event any of the above event prizes/awards are unavailable,

AFBF reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value in its sole discretion.

•    The winners will be determined during AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention on
Jan. 7-10, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.

Achiever Award

The Achiever Award is designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority.

The contestants will be evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of operation, FB Leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges will be looking for excellence in management, growth and scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the operation. A contestant's participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations is a definite point getter from the judges.


Travis & Karrie Beckstead of Franklin County won the Young Farmer and Rancher Achiever Award for 2016. Presenters are Andy Mills (Polaris Representative) and Cole Smith.

State YF&R Achiever Award winner:

State YF&R Achiever runner-up receives:

AFBF YF&R Achiever Award Winner* receives:

The three (3) Finalists** each receive:Case IH Farmall Tractor

In the event any of the above event prizes/awards are unavailable, AFBF reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value in its sole discretion. Winners and finalists will be expected to 1) accept the awarded prize and 2) consent to the use of their name, likeness and hometown in promotional material, and must be legally eligible to do both.

•    The winners will be determined during AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention on Jan. 7-10, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.


Autumn & Chris Banks, center, of Caribou County received the 2016 Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award. Awarded by Cole Smith and Kyle Wade.

Excellence in Agriculture

State YF&R Excellence in Agriculture winner receives:

State YF&R Excellence in Agriculture runner-up receives:

AFBF YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Winner* Receives:


Chevrolet - GMC

The three (3) Finalists** each receive:

 

In the event any of the above event prizes/awards are unavailable, AFBF reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value in its sole discretion. Winners and finalists will be expected to 1) accept the awarded prize and 2) consent to the use of their name, likeness and hometown in promotional material, and must be legally eligible to do both.

•    The winners will be determined during AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention on Jan. 7-10, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.


YF&R Program Alliances

The American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmer & Rancher are working with America's Second Harvest to help feed the millions of Americans who face hunger. It's America's first harvesters helping America's Second Harvest in what we call a "Harvest for All." Follow this link for more information.