Young Farmers & Ranchers

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Young Farmers & Ranchers

About the Young Farmers & Ranchers

Florida Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers are active members between the ages of 18 and 35.

There are several programs which recognize the importance of young farmers' and ranchers' contributions. Each year, active Youth Farmer and Rancher members have the opportunity to participate in three competitive events.

• Achievement in Agriculture Award Program-Highlights young farmers and ranchers in production agriculture and leadership achievement. Competitors are judged on their farm operation and growth, the financial progress of their operation and their Farm Bureau and community leadership.

• Excellence in Agriculture Award Program

• Spotlights young farmers & ranchers who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievements.

• State Discussion Meet-Designed to build crucial skills in young, active farmers and ranchers. Members build basic upon basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

Corey Lambert, 2014 Florida Farm Bureau YF&R Achievement Finalist from Florida Farm Bureau Federation on Vimeo.

2014 Young Farmers & Ranchers Activity Award Application

The Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture through educational, professional, and leadership development. The Activity Award is bestowed upon those counties who have an active Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and who showcase exemplary efforts and participation in activities throughout the year. The application can be downloaded below and is due to the Florida Farm Bureau Federation office no later than January 15, 2015.

The application can be accessed by clicking here.

2014 State YF&R Leadership Conference

We hope you will decide to join us as we experience the "Magic of Agriculture"! This year’s conference will be held at The Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown Disney. This official Walt Disney World hotel is fresh from a $35 million top to bottom makeover, making it the perfect place to stay around the Walt Disney World Resort area. Located within the Walt Disney World Resort, this hotel is just a short walk from everything the Downtown Disney area has to offer, as well as several Orlando attractions, golf courses and shopping!

Registration is $75 per person and covers most meals and all conference materials. Registration costs for children 12 and under is $25. There is no registration cost for children under 2.

This year's conference will offer two options for the afternoon of Saturday, July 12th. You can either enjoy an afternoon free to spend in Orlando or you can join us for a tour of local agriculture. The cost of the tour is $25 per person (including children). Space is limited and will be based on a first come first served basis.

The deadline to reserve a room and be guaranteed our group rate of $114 (single or double occupancy) is June 8, 2014. Hotel reservations can be made by calling The Holiday Inn directly at 1-877-394-5765 or by clicking here. This special rate includes complimentary self-parking. Please be sure to ask for the Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference rate when reserving your hotel room.

The deadline to register for this year’s conference is June 10, 2014. After this date, no refunds will be granted for cancellations.

This year’s conference will begin at 5pm on Friday, July 11th and will conclude by 11am on Sunday, July 13th. A tentative agenda will be made available in the coming weeks!

To register for this year’s conference: CLICK HERE

To reserve lodging for this year’s conference: CLICK HERE

To view the tentative agenda: CLICK HERE

To view the conference program: CLICK HERE

To view driving directions: CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rogalsky at 352.384.2668 or