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Continuing our commitment to the future of ag and the cultivation of tomorrow's leaders

What is the Young Farmers & Ranchers Program?

The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.

Leaders of the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers are committed to engaging and educating our members as advocates for agriculture. Today, more than ever, consumers are far removed from those who produce the food, fiber and fuel they use every day. The YF&R program helps members develop and improve leadership skills; provides a platform to promote agriculture; and introduces members to opportunities outside of Farm Bureau. Taking on leadership roles within the SBCFB YF&R program isn’t something we do for ourselves, it's we do it for others, to continue the mission of Farm Bureau and secure the future for agriculture.

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 effectively represent all farmers and ranchers. YF&R is involved in fund raising events that help support agricultural outreach projects aimed at educating the public on the benefits and importance of agriculture. This is a great opportunity to polish leadership skills as well as network with other YF&R members from around the state.

If you are interested in joining the YF&R or are looking for ways to be involved, don’t be shy and start by contacting farmsbc@hwy246.net.

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Growing Through Action

  • Acquiring cutting edge information through participation in educational conferences

  • Building a network with fellow farmers, ranchers and agricultural enthusiasts

  • Earning recognition for their achievements in business excellence and leadership success

  • Continuing their professional development and personal growth

Leading Through Service

  • Providing workable solutions for issues affecting agriculture

  • Influencing public policies that affect agriculture now and in the future

  • Stepping up and telling the story of agriculture

  • Serving their communities by volunteering and making a difference

Benefits

There are many returns for your time and effort as a Young Farmers and Ranchers participant. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on leadership training, and you will gain valuable insights into all aspects of agriculture. You will learn how to promote your commodity as well as your industry. You will 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. 

Legislative Awareness
California and Santa Barbara County's 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 offers programs that give you that opportunity. 

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, state, or national level, there are others who share the same challenges and successes that you do. Social activities are where YF&Rs have fun and network at the same time! 

How Do I Become Involved?
Contact the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau office. Inquire about the status of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and upcoming events. Learn about our programs and activities​:

  • Leadership Conference

  • Discussion Meet

  • Achievement Award

  • Excellence in Agriculture Award

  • Leadership Development

  • Legislative Awareness

  • Educational Conferences

  • Networking with other farmers and ranchers around the world

  • Competitive Events

  • Involvement in the whole Farm Bureau program

  • Food Bank Partnership

Santa Maria Times Feature
Santa Maria Times Feature

YF&R Students featured in Santa Maria Times

Celebrate Harvest 2018
Celebrate Harvest 2018

YF&R members selling "Keep Ag Alive" Stickers at 2018 CH

Legislative Trip
Legislative Trip

YF&R Member with CAFB Staff

Santa Maria Times Feature
Santa Maria Times Feature

YF&R Students featured in Santa Maria Times

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