GFB YOUNG FARMER PROGRAM
The purpose of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Program is to 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 GFB Young Farmer Committee sponsors three competitive events. Young farmers can compete in the Achievement Award competition, the Excellence in Agriculture competition, and the Young Farmer Discussion Meet. State winners in these contests compete against their peers from other states in the American Farm Bureau national competitions.
The Young Farmer Leadership Conference is held every Summer, and this year's conference took place at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 13 - 16. Here is a story from the Georgia Farm Monitor about the 2016 Young Farmer 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 Young Farmer 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 2016 contest winners were announced during the Young Farmer Leadership Conference. Follow this link to see the outstanding photos that won the 2016 contest.
GFB Young Farmers are proud to have coordinated the Georgia Farm Bureau Harvest For All Campaign, which donated $20,000 to the Georgia Food Bank Association in 2016. 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.
In the photo: Georgia Farm Bureau's 2016 Young Farmer Committee Chair Will Cabe (left) and GFB President Gerald Long (right) present a check for the proceeds of the 2016 Harvest For All campaign to Dustin Lard of the Georgia Food Bank Association during the 2016 GFB Annual Convention on Jekyll Island in December.
The 2017 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer 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 Young Farmer 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 Program, please contact:
Georgia Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 7068
Macon, GA 31209
(478) 474.0679 ext 5224