Young Farmers and Ranchers
The purpose of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers 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. Additionally, a brand new award area is being introduced on the state level: YF&R Member of the Year. The Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference is held every Summer, and the 2020 conference will take place at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 17-20, 2020.
Learn more about our competitive events
Excellence in Ag Award
Member of the Year
YF&R Discussion Meet
Each year Georgia Farm Bureau plans a trip to Washington D.C. for Young Farmer and Rancher members. It's an opportunity to meet with lawmakers and to share concerns and ideas pertaining to agriculture. Here is a video clip of the most recent trip:
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 2019 contest winners were announced during the YF&R Leadership Conference, and those great photos will be featured in the 2020 GFB Young Farmer and Rancher Calendar. For information on this year's photo contest, click here.
Then YF&R program is proud to have coordinated the Georgia Farm Bureau Harvest For All Campaign, which donated $22,924 to the Georgia Food Bank Association in 2019. 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.
Meet the 2020 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee: from left, 3rd Dist. Chair & Committee Vice Chairman Daniel Welliver (seated), Henry County; 10th Dist. Chair Walt Pridgen (standing), Coffee County; 2nd Dist. Chairs Nicole & Brian Fleming, Hart County; 1st Dist. Chairs Christy & Dan Brannon, Chattooga County; 5th Dist. Chairs & Committee Chairmen Charlsy & Will Godowns, Pike County; 4th Dist. Chairs Rachel & Jason Kinsaul, Morgan County; 6th Dist. Chairs Chistina & Josh Howell, Wilkinson County; 7th Dist. Chair Josh Brannen (seated), Candler County; and Cody Powell (standing), Decatur County. Not pictured Cason Anderson, Houston County, 8th 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 Farmers & Ranchers Brochure.
For more information on any awards or activities of the Young Farmer and Rancher Program, please contact:
Georgia Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 7068
Macon, GA 31209
(478) 474.0679 ext 5224