Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Young Farmers & Ranchers

Young Farmers and Ranchers Joining Together to Promote Agriculture

Upcoming events for Sonoma - Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers

November 13 - Membership Meeting and Officer Elections

YFR Meeting

Mister McGoo’s
1375 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

7 p.m Wed, November 13, 2013

Optional dinner is $15 per person
There is no charge to attend the meeting.

Join Sonoma - Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers for a membership meeting and officer elections at Mister McGoo’s in Petaluma. To nominate yourself or somone you know email

Please bring 2-5 cans of food as your entrance fee to be collected and donated to a Local Food Bank by YF&R.

Please RSVP by Friday, November 11th to Join the Meeting
Taylor Serres at or (707) 695-9144.

October 11 - Harvest Wine and Beer Tasting

YFR Meeting

Harvest Party Food & Drink Pairing
(Alcohol allowed for those over the age of 21)


Kunde Ranch:
10745 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen, CA

(Not at Kunde Estate Winery)


Friday, October 11, 2013 6:30 p.m.

Harvest Party to bring together members of the Young Farmers & Ranchers for a fun educational food & drink pairing. Wine will be provided by Kunde Estate Winery. Bring your favorite dish to share as a potluck item.

Please bring 2-5 cans of food as your entrance fee to be collected and donated to a Local Food Bank by YF&R.


Please RSVP by Monday, October 7th to Join the Meeting
Taylor Serres at or
(707) 695-9144.

August 24 - Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Tour

YFR Meeting

Day at Drakes Bay Oyster Company
17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937

August 24, 2013 11a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Support family farming
  • Tour the day to day operation at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
  • Talk about the ecological benefits of oyster farming
  • Learn more about the issues with the National Park Service

BBQ Oyster, Hamburgers and Hotdogs Beer for 21 and over. Please bring your favorite beer to share!

Please plan to Carpool from Sonoma County. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Lakeville Lucky’s shopping center 939 Lakeville Rd. Petaluma, 94952 Ext. 116/ Lakeville Rd from Hwy 101.


Please RSVP by Aug. 21st to Join the Meeting
Taylor Serres (707) 695-9144
Jillian Kehoe (415) 717-8452

Attention all agriculturalists ages 18 to 35 – are you a member of Sonoma County’s Young Farmers & Ranchers?

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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