Young Farmers and Ranchers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 AwardThe 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 AwardThe 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 MeetFarm 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:
• Constructive Criticism
• Problem Solving
Each year the Sacramento County YF&R awards scholarships to high school students pursuing careers in agriculture. Current year applications will be posted to this page beginning January 1 with a deadline date of April 1.
Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipients!
Prentyce was an active member in her FFA chapter, participating on over 11 Career Development Events and earning 5 State Champion Titles. Not only was she active in FFA, she was also involved in her school and community. Prentyce was a part of the Elk Grove High School Cheer Team for four years and acquired over 150 hours of community service. Prentyce plans to attend California State University Chico in the fall to earn a degree in animal science. Hide Bio
Annie McGonigle has won State and National awards in the FFA Agriscience competition and has served three terms of office for Sacramento Sheldon FFA Chapter. She has also dedicated years of service to St. Peter's Lutheran School. Annie plans to attend California Polytechnic State University in the fall for Agriculture Systems Management. Hide Bio
Danelle Plummer is a 2017 graduate of Liberty Ranch High School and is currently attending Sierra College in Rocklin, California where she is majoring in welding and fabrication. Her career goal is to become a certified pipe welder and then further her education by obtaining her Certified Weld Inspector license. Hide Bio
Ian Reece is a senior at Galt High School. He has had success in the FFA, serving as the Chapter Reporter and as a member of the Marketing Plan and Extemporaneous Speaking teams, as well as in athletics as a captain of his football and wrestling teams. He plans on attending California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo where he will pursue a degree in Agriculture Systems Management. Following graduation, he plans on pursuing a career involved in Agribusiness and Ag advocacy. Hide Bio
Victoria Reller is currently a senior at Liberty Ranch High School. She has been involved in the 4-H horse project since she was 9 years old, and finished out the program last year by achieving the highest Rank Book Award. Victoria also have been involved in FFA all 4 years of high school, and had the privilege of representing her school at the National FFA Convention during her junior year in the Agricultural Sales competition. Hide Bio
I have been a part of FFA for two years, where I participated in speaking teams and judging teams and have been able to compete at the sectional, regional and state levels. I have served as a committee chair for the Budget and Fundraising Committee. I am a Galt High School graduate of 2017 and plan on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall where I will major in Agricultural Science to become an agriculture teacher. Hide Bio
Riley Waterman is a 2017 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School where he has served as a Chapter FFA officer for two years. He owns and operates a small blackberry business, as well as raising and showing beef cattle. Riley plans to attend Modesto Junior College then transfer to Fresno State. He plans to study Crop Production and Farm Management in order to work in production farming in the Central Valley. Hide Bio