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.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Summer Socials
- August 6: The East Central Regional YF&R social is at White Mule Winery in Owensville. Activities include social, dinner, live entertainment and prizes.
- August 6: The Southeast Regional YF&R event is at Sandy Ridge Restaurant in East Prairie. Activities include a social, dinner, entertainment, door prizes and activities for all ages.
- August 15: The West Central Regional YF&R will get together at Andrew Beeman farm near Ionia. Planned are a fish fry, live entertainment and activities for everyone. The location will be convenient for families attending the Missouri State Fair.
- October 2: The Southwest Regional YF&R Shindig will be held near Rogersville on the Wilkerson-Baxter farm with games, a steak dinner, door prizes and a few surprises to be announced later.
- November 6: The Northeast Regional YF&R event will be held in Macon at the fairgrounds with activities to include social, a steak dinner, entertainment and door prizes.
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
Tanner Clark of Douglas County
Trey & Shelby Garst of Atchison County
Brandon & Katie Harvey of Harrison County
Ethan & Lezlie Durst of Lewis County
Greg & Kat Probst of Scotland County
Zachary & Lauren Schmutzler of Cole County
Brian and Lynn Martin of Boone County
Andrew & Brittany Beeman of Benton County
Sam Wilsdorf of Saline County
Jacob & Sara Schwartze of Maries County
Cody & Trina Meyer of Gasconade County
Jacob & Kimberly Jones of New Madrid County
Clay Hawes of New Madrid County
Mark & Emma Alexander of Webster County
Jordan & Megan Richner of Cedar County
Tanner & Kerre Clark of Douglas County
Cody & Amanda Harbison of Iron County
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 Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December.
The winner of the state YF&R Achievement Award receives cash awards, which includes $500 from the Missouri Farm Bureau 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.
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 Missouri Farm Bureau 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.
YF&R Discussion Meet
The Discussion Meet preliminaries will take place during the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference. If you will be under the age of 35 on January 31st, 2021 and you are a Missouri Farm Bureau member, you are eligible to participate! If you have any questions about the Discussion Meet call the Missouri Farm Bureau home office at 573-893-1412.