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Young Farmers & Ranchers


Young Farmers & Ranchers are agricultural producers and enthusiasts 18-35 years old who are…..


  • Acquiring cutting edge information through participation in educational conferences
  • Building a network with fellow farmers and agricultural enthusiasts
  • Earning recognition for their achievements in business excellence and leadership success
  • Continuing their professional development and personal growth


  • Providing workable solutions for issues affecting agriculture
  • Influencing public policies that affect agriculture now and in the future
  • Stepping up and telling the story of agriculture
  • Serving their communities by volunteering and making a difference

The NYFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF& R) Program has identified two basic needs of young farmers: Leadership and Social. There are three groups of young farmers that participate in programs & activities: Young Farmers – Single/non-parents, Young Farmers with Families and FFA/College Students. The NYFB YF&R Program will be working with these identified young farmer needs and target groups to develop future programs and activities. To assist county Farm Bureau YF&R committees in developing programs, a Young Farmers & Ranchers Program Guide is available.


    Check out this video that showcases the Young Farmers & Ranchers Program and how it helps them grow both socially and professional.  


NYFB State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

The State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee consists of an elected representative from each of the 11 regions, an elected chair (who also sits on the NYFB Board of Directors) and up to three At-Large members. These individuals help to coordinate events and activities in all of the counties within their regions. You can contact the members via email. 




Young Farmers & Ranchers participate in many leadership activities on the local and state levels. Workshops to enhance leadership skills and public speaking skills are offered at the YF&R Leadership Conference and the State Annual Meeting. Some of the county Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers groups also conduct leadership training sessions throughout the year. All Young Farmers & Ranchers are encouraged to participate in these opportunities.

Interested in taking your leadership potential to the state level?
If so, the NYFB State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee could be the perfect fit. The objective of the committee is to surface and develop young leaders. The committee consists of a representative from each of the 11 NYFB districts and up to three At-Large positions. District representatives serve a 2-year term and At-Large positions serve 1-year term. The committee serves as a liaison for county YF&R Committee chairs and plans the annual YF&R Conference.



The 2018 Celebration of Agriculture Conference planning has begun. Young Farmers & Ranchers attend this conference to learn new skills that benefit them personally as well as in their business, become motivated by the keynote speaker, network with other young farmers and get updates on state & national issues affecting agriculture. More Information coming soon!




All of the Young Farmer events and activities have a social aspect. Attending county meetings, picnics, community service projects and Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conferences enables Young Farmers the opportunity to network with their peers and benefit from their time off the farm.


The NYFB Young Farmers & Ranchers have joined Young Farmers & Ranchers across the nation to partner with Feeding America (formally America’s Second Harvest), the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to conduct the “Harvest for All” campaign. The YF&R Committee has adopted this campaign as a service project. County Young Farmers & Ranchers are conducting food drives and volunteering their time to assist at local food pantries and food banks.

Since 2007, New York Farm Bureau has been recognized as one of the leading states to participate in Harvest for All project, a partnership between Farm Bureau and Feeding America. This national program is a collaboration between farmers and food banks to provide nutritious, local food to those who need it most.


Competitive events offer unique opportunities for members to learn about Farm Bureau while earning recognition and prizes. These activities are a great way to learn, network and have fun. Young farmer members may participate in these competitive events if they are 18-35 years of age.


The Young Farmers & Ranchers Competitive Event applications are formatted as fillable PDFs.

To open, save, and edit these documents you will need Adobe Reader or an equivalent PDF Reader installed on your computer or mobile device. If you cannot open and view these documents, you do not have a PDF Reader installed. You can download the latest free version of Adobe Reader.

Information inputted into these forms is not automatically saved. Remember to SAVE the application to your computer before closing the application. If you have any issues opening, editing, or saving the application, a Help Document can be found here. For other issues please contact Luke Hoehn.



Are you striving to assemble the best agricultural enterprise you can? Are you working toward excellence in the areas of personal growth and leadership development?


This award highlights young Farm Bureau members’ efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement. Participants are involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. Competitors are judged on their farm operation and growth, the financial progress of their operation and their Farm Bureau and community leadership.


The award information and application is now available. Deadline for registration will be announced soon.



Do you enjoy discussing agriculture issues with fellow farmers? Do you like to express your ideas to help develop a solution?


This is an activity designed to build crucial skills in young, active farmers. By participating, members 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.  Farm Bureau's strength depends on its members abilities to analyze agricultural issues and deciding on solutions that best meet their needs. Annually, the NYFB YF&R Program also sponsors a Collegiate Discussion Meet contest.


The contest information, contest date and location,  discussion questions, resources, training call schedule and recordings, and registration forms will be announced soon.


View Previous Final Discussion Meet competitions below:

2014 YF&R Collegiate DM finals

2013 YF&R Collegiate DM Finals

The Excellence in Agriculture Award


Do you excel in leadership? Do you understand agricultural issues?
This award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in any of the past three years, are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievement.


 The award information and application is now available. The deadline for registration will be announced soon.


Competitive Event Prizes


The New York winners of each of these contests advance to the national level to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation contests. The national winner of each of these competitions holds the coveted title of the best of the best. In addition, there is an impressive list of prizes.


New York Farm Bureau would like to thank Kubota for sponsoring the Achievement Award; Sthil for sponsoring the Excellence in Agriculture Award and Deere and Company for sponsoring the Discussion Meet.


For more information on the Young Farmers & Ranchers Program or events, contact Patti Dugan, Deputy Director of Member Relations at 518-436-8495 or 1-800-342-4143.