Young Farmers and Ranchers
Any farmer or rancher ages 18 to 35 is eligible to participate in the MOFB Young Farmers & Ranchers program. This group works to help young farmers build the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a leader in agriculture.
The annual YF&R Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks in February brings together several hundred young farmers and their families to hear from speakers, participate in competitions and enjoy time with one another.
Each state board district selects two families to serve on the state YF&R Committee each year. The annual Chairman of the committee also serves as an advisory member to the MOFB Board of Directors. Members also have the opportunity to serve on the national YF&R Committee and attend the YF&R national conference in the spring.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
Jamie Johansen of Laclede County
Joe Attema of Platte County
Trey & Shelby Garst of Atchison County
Marc & Brooke Zell of Maron County
Ethan & Lezlie Durst of Lewis County
Casey & Jennifer Poindexter of Montgomery County
Zachary & Lauren Schmutzler of Cole County
Matthew & Jennie Noakes of St. Clair County
Andrew & Brittany Beeman of Benton County
Adam & Jessica Naeger of Ste Genevieve
Jacob & Sara Schwartze of Maries County
Dustin & Kyla Estes of Bollinger County
Jacob & Kimberly Jones of New Madrid County
Jered & Ashley Brown of Polk County
Mark & Emma Alexander of Greene County
Kevin & Jamie Johansen of Laclede County
Tanner & Kerre Clark of Douglas County
YF&R Achievement Award Contest
Young farmers and ranchers (age 35 and under) can enter the Achievement Award contest. It is designed to recognize the outstanding farmer and/or rancher based on their efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement. The ideal candidate(s) for the Achievement Award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with a majority of his/her income subject to normal production risks. After receiving the preliminary applications, judges narrow the field down to three entries. Those three prepare a more extensive entry form and a new set of judges choose the winner, along with second and third place. The winner will be recognized at the MFB Annual Meeting in December.
The winner of the state YF&R Achievement Award receives cash awards, which includes $500 from the MFB Foundation for Agriculture and $500 from the Ford Motor Company. The second and third place winners will also receive cash awards and plaques. The state winner moves on to compete in the national contest, at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, in January where they can win a new Ford pickup.
Excellence in Agriculture Award
This award is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers, while actively, contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture, to earn recognition. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic, service and community organizations.
The state Excellence in Agriculture Award winner receives cash awards, which includes $500 from the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture and $500 from the Ford Motor Company. The state winner moves on to compete in the national contest, at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, in January where they can win a new Ford pickup.
In the event that the minimum requirements for any contest are not met, Missouri Farm Bureau reserves the right to withhold awarding a winner in any of the YF&R contests.