Young Farmers & Ranchers
Who are Young Farmers & Ranchers?
Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers are active agriculturists like you--between the ages of 18 and 35 and involved in production, banking, business, and many other areas of the industry. Young Farmers and Ranchers develop leadership skills while volunteering time as active, vital members of the county Farm Bureaus.
As a member of Young Farmers and Ranchers your voice will join those of your peers to speak out for agriculture. As you develop your skills and knowledge, your efforts will help Farm Bureau to effectively represent all farmers and ranchers.
There are many returns for your time and effort as a Young Farmers and Ranchers participant.
You will have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on leadership training, and you will gain valuable insights into all aspects of agriculture. You will learn how to promote your commodity as well as your industry. You will learn about issues and how to resolve them.
You will also make valuable professional contacts. You will meet and work with your elected officials. You will make friends for life with other young people in agriculture who share the same interests and challenges that you face daily.
YF&R's enjoying speaker Sam Glenn at the 2011 Leadership Conference
California agriculture is the most diverse in the world, and as a result, public policy issues affecting our agriculture can be very complex. Farm Bureau needs young leaders like you to be involved in the legislative process. Young Farmers and Ranchers offers programs that give you that opportunity.
The Legislative Conference provides a one-day training at the State Capitol building and the opportunity to speak with legislators.
YF&R Leaders at the 2011 CFBF Summer Leaders Retreat
One aspect common to all Young Farmers and Ranchers activities is the opportunity to meet people. Whether you are participating on the county, state, or national level, there are others who share the same challenges and successes that you do. Social activities are where YF&Rs have fun and network at the same time!
How Do I Become Involved?
Contact your local county Farm Bureau office. Inquire about the status of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and upcoming events.
If a committee has not been appointed within your county and you are interested in getting one started, please indicate your interest to the county office.
For more information, call the state coordinator at (800) 698-3276. You may also submit an information request form to receive materials in the mail.
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