Registration open for YF&R Conference, contest entries
Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is now accepting registration for the 2020 GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Summer Leadership Conference, entries to the 2020 GFB YF&R competitive events and the YF&R Photo Contest.
The Summer Leadership Conference, using the theme “Building Our Future,” will take place July 15-18 on Jekyll Island. Registration is $100 per member and the deadline to register is June 1. Registration fees will be waived for college students. To register for the conference, visit www.gfb.ag/20yfrslc.
The deadline to enter the competitive events is also June 1. The GFB YF&R program, which is for agriculturalists between the ages of 18 and 35, offers competition for the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, the Excellence in Agriculture Award, the YF&R Discussion Meet and YF&R Member of the Year. Details on all four events, including entry applications can be viewed at www.gfb.ag/20YFRawards.
The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income from production agriculture. The dates for the on-farm interviews for the top three competitors have been set for June 25 and 26. The state winner will receive $500 cash, a four-seat John Deer ATV with trailer, a year’s use of a Kubota M Series tractor and an expense-paid trip to the ’21 AFBF Convention in San Diego, California. The two runners-up will each receive $500 cash.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes agriculturalists who earn the majority of their income from something other than production agriculture. The top three contestants will give presentations during the Summer Leadership Conference, and conference attendees are invited to sit in and observe. The state winner will receive $500 cash, a two-seat John Deer ATV with trailer, and an expense-paid trip to the ’21 AFBF Convention in San Diego, California.
The YF&R Discussion Meet puts competitors in a committee-style forum, during which they exchange ideas on a specified ag-related topic and are judged on their subject knowledge, cooperation in the discussion and other factors. The state winner will receive $500 cash, a two-seat John Deer ATV with trailer, and an expense-paid trip to the ’21 AFBF Convention in San Diego, California. The three runners-up will each receive $350 cash.
The YF&R Member of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding YF&R member who is active with their local YF&R Committee, county Farm Bureau and ag community. The award highlights how YF&R members can have an impact by participating in county, district and state level events and work to encourage, educate and lead other YFR&R members.
Judges will select the top three applicants. These applicants will be interviewed by the Farm Monitor for a YF&R Spotlight Video that will be shown at the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference. YF&R members attending the conference will vote for the YF&R Member of the Year. The application counts for 70% of the applicant’s score and onsite voting accounts for 30%. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize, a paid trip to the 2021 AFBF Fusion Conference and a $150 cash award for the recipient’s county Farm Bureau to develop YFR&R programs. The 2nd and 3rd runners-up will each receive a $150 cash prize and a $150 cash award for the recipient’s county Farm Bureau to develop YFR&R programs.
The GFB YF&R Committee is again sponsoring the annual ‘Picture Agriculture’ photo contest. The contest rules, minor release form, and submission information can be found at www.gfb.ag/yfrphoto. Any GFB member can enter, and cash prizes will be awarded. The top 12 photos will be on display during the Summer Leadership Conference, where attendees will vote to determine the winners. The top 12 will also be featured in the 2021 YF&R Calendar, with the statewide winner as the cover photo. The deadline to submit photos is June 1.
For more information, contact Erin Nessmith at email@example.com.