Young Farmers and Ranchers

About YF&R

Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) is a committee of the Farm Bureau that organizes young people between the ages of 18-35 who support the agricultural community. As a member, your voice will join those of your peers to speak about agriculture. Young Farmers and Ranchers develop leadership skills while volunteering time as active, vital members of the county Farm Bureaus.

As a member of YF&R 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 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.

To find out more or join as a member, call the Farm Bureau office at (916) 685-6958 or email us at

Become a member!



Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at the Farm Bureau office. Meeting reminders are sent via email so ensure that you sign up by contacting the office.

Upcoming Special Activities

YF&R offers competitive programs that recognize our leaders in agriculture, click here.

Achievement Award
The Achievement Award competition judges the operating efficiency of young farmers and ranchers and is based on leadership, creativity, and proven success.

• First place wins $4,000 plus 250 hours use of a Kubota Tractor and a trip to the national AFBF Annual Meeting
• Second place wins $1,000

Excellence in Agriculture Award
The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed as an opportunity to recognize Young Farmers & Ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation. Award winners contribute and grow through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement, and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service, and community).

• First place wins $4,000 and a trip to the national AFBF Annual Meeting
• Second place wins $1,000

Discussion Meet
Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ ability to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. Applicants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues, and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems. A successful applicant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader. He/she will assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps. The applicants will discuss pre-selected topics using four bases for the general discussion:
• Cooperation
• Constructive Criticism
• Problem Solving
• Communication


Welcome to the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship Page

Below you will find our scholarship and the description. Please click on the scholarship and read the description and what is required.
The deadline to apply for scholarships is April 1, 2018.

List of the Required documents
Young Farms & Ranchers Agricultural Scholarship

To start your application, click here

Please be sure that you include all of the required documents for the scholarship you are applying for, missing documents will mean that the application is considered incomplete. On the application form you will check which scholarship you are applying for, be sure to mark the correct scholarship.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

  • Prentyce Hitt
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  • Annie McGonigle
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  • Danelle Plummer
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  • Ian Reece
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  • Victoria Reller
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  • Kaleb Roberson
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  • Riley Waterman
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> Past YF&R Scholarship Recipients