Young Farmers & Ranchers
Young Farmers & Ranchers
Young Farmers & Ranchers are agricultural producers and enthusiasts 18–35 years old who are . . .
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; and
■ 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;
■ Sharing the story of agriculture with diverse audiences; and
■ Serving their communities by volunteering and making a difference.
Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers are active agriculturists like you … between the ages of 18 and 35 and involved in production, banking, business, and many other areas of the industry. Young Farmers and Ranchers develop leadership skills while volunteering time as active, vital members of the 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 all farmers and ranchers.
“The Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program provides opportunities for young agriculturalists to experience personal growth, learning, and networking. The YF&R program has something for everyone with competitive events, agriculture advocacy training and leadership development conferences that highlight policy issues of concern by members from all over the nation. As a result, we work together and become the voice of agriculture and Farm Bureau Proud.
My desire to create a better future for my children motivated me to get involved with YF&R. I have personally learned how to better manage my farm and the conference networking have created relationships, life-long friends and resources. The leadership development and advocacy training has helped me speak confidently on local, state and national policy and the long-term direction of agriculture that will directly impact my family and our future. I know that I am better prepared to succeed as a farmer, leader and advocate because of Farm Bureau and my involvement in this program.”
2016 Chair, AFBF YF&R Committee
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.
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.
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
Excellence in Agriculture Award
Networking with other farmers and ranchers around the world
Involvement in the whole Farm Bureau program