Young Farmers and Ranchers

The purpose of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher program is to bring together young adults (18-35) that are involved or interested in the agriculture industry while promoting leadership growth, educational outreach, diversity, and industry advocacy in our communities, state and nation.

In addition, the program will contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Georgia Farm Bureau by providing leadership, educational, and social opportunities, thereby preparing and enabling young adults to become more active members and to assume additional roles of leadership and responsibility within county, state or national Farm Bureau organizations.

Every year, the YF&R Committee sponsors three competitive events. Young farmers can compete in the Achievement Award competition, the Excellence in Agriculture competition, and the YF&R Discussion Meet. State winners in these contests compete against their peers from other states in the American Farm Bureau national competitions.

Click here for information on the YF&R Discussion Meet Program. For information on the Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture competitions, email

The Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference is held every Summer, and this year's conference took place at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 19 - 22. Here is a story from the Georgia Farm Monitor about the 2017 Leadership Conference...





Each year Georgia Farm Bureau plans a trip to Washington DC for its young farmer members. It's an opportunity to meet with lawmakers and to share concerns and ideas pertaining to agriculture. To see a video clip of the most recent trip, click here.

The YF&R program also sponsors the annual Picture Agriculture In Georgia Photo Contest, looking for the photos that capture the spirit of agriculture, and Farm Bureau, in our great state. The 2017 contest winners were announced during the YF&R Leadership Conference, and those great photos will be featured in the 2018 GFB Young Farmer and Rancher Calendar.  More information about the 2018 photo contest will be available after the first of the year.

Then YF&R program is proud to have coordinated the Georgia Farm Bureau Harvest For All Campaign, which donated $20,000 to the Georgia Food Bank Association in 2017. Harvest for All is one of the highlights of annual young farmer activities and has traditionally been one of many ways young farmers seek to give back to those in need. For more information on this great campaign, please visit our Harvest For All page.





The 2017 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, pictured from left are: Jonathan & Bridget Hitchcock, Washington County, 6th Dist.; Lauren & Dustin Covington, Sumter County, 8th Dist.; Mandi & Justin Shealey, Cook County, 10th Dist.; Molly Childs, Cherokee County, 1st Dist.; Chairmen Becky & Mitchell Pittman, Toombs County, 7th Dist.; Vice Chairmen Russ & Laura Wilburn, Barrow County, 4th Dist.; Jan Jones, Decatur County, 9th Dist.; Rebecca & Bennett Jacobs, Polk County, 3rd Dist.; and Caroline & Kyle Lewallen, Hall County, 2nd Dist. Not Pictured, Joseph Keith, Troup County, 5th Dist.

To learn more about the Georgia Farm Bureau YF&R Program and for information on how to get involved, click here for our Young Farmer Brochure.


For more information on any awards or activities of the Young Farmer and Rancher Program, please contact: 


Georgia Farm Bureau
Field Service
P.O. Box 7068
Macon, GA 31209


(478) 474.0679 ext 5224