Young Farmers & Ranchers

Programs : Young Farmers & Ranchers


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.

2015 State YF&R Leadership Conference

This year’s conference is themed “Agriculture in Paradise” and will be held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples! Nestled on 125 tropical acres along the Gulf of Mexico, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront hotel with onsite golf, tennis and spa. This Florida beach hotel features 319 newly renovated, non-smoking guest rooms and suites – each with a patio or balcony – and beautiful resort or Gulf of Mexico views. You will also enjoy complimentary self- and valet parking; no resort fees; and complimentary admission to the fitness center. Combine all that with award-winning dining, the new beachfront Pool Complex, four retail shops, and a complimentary Kids Club, and you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy without ever leaving the grounds of the hotel.

Registration is $100 per person and covers most meals and all conference materials.

The deadline to reserve a room and be guaranteed our group rate of $149 plus tax (single or double occupancy) is June 15, 2015. This special room rate is available for 3 days pre/post the conference (based on hotel availability) should you wish to extend your stay! Hotel reservations can be made by calling The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club directly at 1-800-237-7600. Be sure to tell them you are with the Florida Farm Bureau YF&R Conference. Reservations can also be made online by clicking here.

This year’s conference will begin at 5pm on Friday, July 17th and will conclude by 11am on Sunday, July 19th. 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 Apply for a Conference Scholarship: CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rogalsky at 352.384.2668 or Michael.Rogalsky@ffbf.org.