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. YF&R members have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on leadership training and professional development, gaining valuable insights into all aspects of agriculture. YF&R provides various networking opportunities for its members both in your local network and statewide, including opportunities to meet with your elected representatives and agency officials. Between professional and social activities, YF&R has an area of interested for all young agriculturalists.
California agriculture is the most diverse in the world, and as a result, public policy issues affecting our industry can be very complex. Farm Bureau needs young leaders like you to be involved in the legislative process. YF&R members are invited to attend our YF&R Conference featuring speakers and workshops focusing on agricultural issues or our Leaders Conference focusing on political advocacy on state issues.
Contact your local county Farm Bureau office to 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, contact the YF&R Program Coordinator at (800) 698-3276 or email@example.com.
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The mission of the California Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (YF&R) is to attract and empower future Farm Bureau leaders and increase interest in agriculture as a way of life.
Its purpose is to implement a program that will encourage young farmer and rancher participation, and develop future Farm Bureau leadership. The Committee consists of a Chairman and 21 district representatives, appointed by the President from nominations by the California Farm Bureau Federation Directors. They are voting members of Farm Bureau, who have not reached their 36th birthday.
YF&R State Committee appointments are two year terms with even numbers district representatives appointed in even years and odd numbered districts appointed in odd years, as well as any vacant seats.
The contestants are evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of operation, Farm Bureau leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges look 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.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award Program is designed as an opportunity for Young Farmers & Ranchers, while actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture, to earn recognition. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.Prizes
Open Contest Prizes
The YF&R State Committee periodically hosts regional mixer events to provide additional networking and educational opportunities for YF&R members to connect with each other. The next regional mixer event will be hosted in Spring 2017.
This two-day leadership conference is attended by over 200 YF&Rs from across California and neighboring states. The conference is an opportunity to network with other YF&Rs, gain insight and ideas for building a better local YF&R program and receive updates on key issues and topics affecting the agriculture industry and young agriculturalists in California.February 23-25, 2017 – Doubletree Hotel, Modesto, CA
Throughout the year, farmers across the nation will be donating food, funds and people power to create a hunger-free America. And whether the contribution is a bushel, a dollar, or an hour, Farm Bureau and Feeding America will be working together to finish an important job—making sure every American can enjoy the bounty produced on our farms and ranches.
In addition to work on the Harvest for All campaign, Farm Bureau and Feeding America have worked together on the CARE legislation that allows producers to take a tax deduction on donated commodities. The two groups will continue to work together on this as well as other legislation that meets both organizations' common goals and policy positions.
So, as a Young Farmer and Rancher Organization, what can you do? The Harvest for All campaign includes activities organized by state and county Farm Bureaus in connection with local Feeding America affiliates across the country.
There are four categories a YF&R group will be judged upon when competing against other states:
California YF&R strives to provide guidance and materials for our County YF&R Committees. Whether you are looking for innovative meeting ideas, committee structure references, or program logos, these resources will provide you with new ideas and ways to enhance your local program.
The Young Farmers and Ranchers Program is a vital part of the Farm Bureau and structured as a committee on county, state and national levels. County Young Farmers and Ranchers develop their own program of work with assistance from the state office.
Use the following resources as a guide in developing your committee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on forming a new YF&R committee.YF&R Program Information