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Young Farmers and Ranchers

Learn how to get involved with the Young Farmer & Ranchers program




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Meet the Committee


Melissa Durrant


Melissa and Neil Durrant live in Kuna, Idaho, with their 4 kids. They grow corn, wheat, dry beans, and sugar beets. Neil also works on his family’s farm and warehouse facility. Melissa is working towards a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology. They have both been active in Farm Bureau from the county to national level and are grateful for opportunities and skills they have received from it.


District 1
Chet & Shalissa Nicolas


Chet & Shalissa Nicolas live in Blackfoot Idaho, where they enjoy raising their daughter Claira on their cattle and hay operations. They have a passion for agriculture and are grateful to be part of the Farm Bureau family.


Ray & Lyndsi Searle

District 2
Ray & Lyndsi Searle


Ray and Lyndsi Searle live in Shelley, Idaho, with their three kids Jack, Oakli, and Karli. They farm grain and potatoes.


District 3
Mitchell and Sunny Searle


Mitchell and Sunny live in Burley, Idaho. Mitchell works with his family growing row crops and grains.
They also have a cow/calf beef herd. He has a bachelor's degree in Agronomy.
Sunny has a degree in Recreation Management. She runs a household of crazy kids. Children: Lydia, David, Dawson, and Natalie.


Clint & Sheryll

District 4
Sheryll Goeckner


Sheryll lives on a small farm in Emmett, Idaho, where her and Clint raise their seven children. Sheryll works off the farm as a cosmetologist, and coaches cheer at the highschool. Clint works on the farm and does excavation. When they aren’t working or running kids to their activities, they enjoy many numerous outdoor activities.



Garrett Barnes

District 5  Co-Chair
Garrett Barnes


Garrett Barnes is a first generation operator in Moscow, Idaho. Garrett is from the Treasure Valley. After going to the University of Idaho he chose the Palouse to start his operation. Garrett has commercial cattle and raises and trains rope horses.


U of I Collegiate
Jeni Ball


Jeni Ball grew up on a small family farm in Kuna, Idaho. She is currently attending the University of Idaho majoring in Agricultural Economics and Horticulture with a Crop Management minor. Following graduation, she is planning to return to the Treasure Valley and pursue a career in the agriculture industry working alongside farmers.


AFBF YF&R Committee
Kyle & Jessica Wade


Kyle and Jessica Wade live in Downey, Idaho.  They have a custom grazing, feeding, and calving operation.  Their little boy is seven years old and loves to help them on the ranch.  Being in the outdoors is what they are all about!  They love riding horses, roping, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, and camping.  They have been a part of Farm Bureau for 12 years and have loved every minute of it!


Staff Support

Brody Miller



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