GFB News Magazine

GFB YF&R Program off & running

Posted on February 19, 2022 12:00 AM

By Breanna Berry

While COVID has changed many things, it has not changed the mission of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program. Georgia Farm Bureau members ages 18-35 are continuing to develop and strengthen their leadership skills to advocate for agriculture.

In addition to staple events such as the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference, GFB’s YF&R Committee has an exciting lineup of activities this year. The Legislative Drive-In, held Feb. 7, in conjunction with GFB Day at the Capitol, prepared YF&R and Women’s Leadership Committee members from across the state to interact with their state legislators the next day during GFB Day at the Capitol.

“We were excited to offer a new program to support our members and strengthen their ability to engage with our elected officials,” said GFB YF&R Chairman Walt Pridgen.

In early March, GFB will release information about all YF&R award programs – Achievement Award in Agriculture; Excellence in Agriculture Award; and Discussion Meet.

The achievement award recognizes YF&R members for their farming operations and leadership activities. The excellence in agriculture award honors YF&R members who earn the majority of their income off the farm but are vocal ag advocates. The discussion meet simulates a meeting where participants talk about current ag issues and explore possible solutions.

These awards are pillars of the YF&R program and promote YF&R members across the state. GFB wants as many members as possible to apply for the awards and participate in YF&R activities to grow the program.

Registration information for the YF&R Summer Conference, to be held July 14-16 on Jekyll Island, and the annual YF&R Photo Contest will be released in early March. The application deadline for awards and conference registration is June 1. Photo contest entries are due by June 10.

Visit or contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information about the awards, photo contest and to register for the conference.

Georgia Farm Bureau YF&R Coordinator Breanna Berry may be reached at or 478-474-0679, ext. 5232 for more information. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you’d like to get involved with your local YR&R program.



Meet the 2022 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee: from left, 2nd Dist. Chairs Colt & LeAnna Hart, Franklin Co; 3rd Dist. Chair Anna Leigh Peek, Newton Co.; 5th Dist. Chairs Tara & Steven Green, Spalding Co.; 10th Dist. Chair & Committee Chairman Walt Pridgen, Coffee Co.; 9th Dist. Chair Cody Powell & not pictured Korey Powell, Decatur Co.; 4th Dist. Chairs Rachel & Jason Kinsaul, Morgan Co.; 1st Dist. Chair Christy & not pictured Dan Brannon, Chattooga Co.; 7th Dist. Chair & Committee Vice Chairman Josh Brannen, Candler Co.; 8th Dist. Chairs Addie & Bryan Tucker, Wilcox Co.; & 6th Dist. Chair William Moses, Laurens Co.

Photo by Jay Stone