Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Young Farmers & Ranchers - About

What is Young Farmers & Ranchers?

Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers are active agriculturists involved in production, banking, business, and many other areas of the agriculture industry, between the ages of 18 and 35. Young Farmers & Ranchers develop their leadership skills while volunteering their time as active, vital members of their county Farm Bureaus. As a member of Young Farmers and Ranchers, your voice will join those of your peers to speak out for agriculture. As you develop your skills and knowledge, your efforts will help Farm Bureau to effectively represent farmers and ranchers.

Mutual Benefits
There are many returns for your time and effort as a Young Farmers & Ranchers participant. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on leadership training, and you will gain valuable insights into all aspects of agriculture. You’ll learn how to promote your commodity as well as your industry. You’ll learn about issues and how to resolve them. You will also make valuable professional contacts. You will meet and work with your elected officials. You will make friends for life with other young people in agriculture who share the same interests and challenges that you face daily.

Activities for Everyone in Agriculture – The Achievement Award
This competition is based on the operating efficiency of each young farmer or rancher applicant. The winner is chosen on the basis of effectiveness and creativity in his/her operation, and leadership skills exhibited in both the community and Farm Bureau. Cash awards are given to the top three finalists. The state winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention to compete or national recognition and awards. John Bucher of Healdsburg was the 1997 Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher of the Year for California Farm Bureau Federation.

Meet The Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet is a panel-type discussion in which participating farmers and ranchers are judged on their ability to express ideas and cooperate with others while discussing some of the hottest issues in agriculture. Participants attempt to influence each other by posing questions and answering them. The ultimate goal is to reach a solution to a stated problem facing agriculture. Cash awards are presented to the four state finalists. The state winner competes in national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention.

Legislative Awareness
California agriculture is the most diverse in the world, and as a result public policy issues affecting our agriculture can be very complex. Farm Bureau needs young leaders like you to be involved in the legislative process. Young Farmers and Ranchers get a first-hand chance to discuss concerns with those whose decisions affect California agriculture.

Leadership Development – Conferences
The most popular event of the year combines a weekend of learning with fun and excitement. Professional presenters teach the latest techniques in management and personal development. Specialists on issues concerning agriculture share information about the challenges and success of the industry. These conferences also provide a social opportunity for all to enjoy.

Social Activities
One aspect common to all Young Farmers and Ranchers activities is the opportunity to meet people. Whether you are participating on the county, district, state, or national level, others share the same challenges and successes as you. Have fun and network at the same time!

How Do I Become Involved?
It's easy! Simply contact the SCFB office and inquire about the upcoming activities for our Young Farmers and Ranchers group. New members are always welcome, and there is no cost!

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