The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program allows members of Farm Bureau, between the ages of 18 and 35, to develop leadership skills, to be involved in their local communities, to compete in contests to win valuable prizes and to develop long lasting friendships with people from across the state and country.
YF&R members plan and participate in a wide range of activities at all levels of Farm Bureau - county, state and national. All of these activities are designed to educate, develop leadership skills, and of course, be fun! Download and print the Young Farmers and Ranchers application from the Application Center page.
YF&R names high school discussion meet winners
Pace Mittlestaedt of the Amber-Pocasset FFA Chapter was named the winner of the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers High School Discussion Meet held July 17 during the Oklahoma State University Big Three Field Days in Stillwater.Continue reading ...
YF&R members gather in southwest Oklahoma for summer conference
Nearly 60 young agriculturalists gathered in southwest Oklahoma to tour local farms and ag-related industries, network with fellow farmers and ranchers, hear from political candidates and more during the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference held July 13-15 at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.Continue reading ...
High school students selected for YF&R youth leadership program
Twelve Oklahoma high school students recently were chosen to attend the Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture leadership conference to be held July 23-25 in Oklahoma City.Continue reading ...
Leadership Development Conferences
YF&R Leadership Conference: This four-day conference is planned by the state YF&R Committee. Seminars at the conferences range from leadership development to marketing education, financial management, political education, dealing with stress, coping with family problems and a wide range of other seminars aimed at all members of the family. The conferences often include cookouts, ag tours, games and entertainment as well as family time. The conferences are designed with the family in mind, as many of our YF&R have children of all ages. When not joining the group, child care is provided at the conference.
OKFB State Convention: The state YF&R Committee has an active role in planning state convention activities specifically designed for the YF&R members. Members also participate in all of the other aspects of the convention, including seminars and business sessions, which include the policy development process.
Legislative Leadership Day: This is an opportunity for YF&R members to meet personally with members of the state legislature and learn more about the issues being discussed at the state Capitol. We meet during the week so that we can have lunch at the state Capitol with our senators and representatives. A legislative update from our Public Policy Division is always included, and well as some leadership training.
The 2017 Legislative Leadership Day event is April 9-10, 2017.
American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference: The AFBF FUSION (Farmers United: Skills, Inspiration, Outreach and Networking) conference brings together Young Farmers & Ranchers from across the country to learn and grow together. With keynote speakers, breakout session, local farm tours and more, FUSION opens doors for young agriculturalists to learn and grow their leadership abilities while connecting with farmers, ranchers and agribusinesspeople to network and expand agricultural horizons. The collegiate discussion meet is also held during the FUSION Conference..
Achievement Award: This contest recognizes OKFB's top young farm and ranch family or individual each year at our state convention in November. The award is judged on involvement in the community and Farm Bureau, as well as the quality of the contestant(s) farming operation and leadership activities. The winner receives a variety of prizes, including an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in January to compete in the national contest. Download the YF&R Achievement Award application from the American Farm Bureau Federation website.
Excellence in Agriculture Award: This contest recognizes YF&R members who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation, but still actively 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). The winner of the state contest receives an all-terrain vehicle courtesy of Farm Credit and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in January to compete in the national contest. Download the Excellence in Agriculture Award application from the American Farm Bureau Federation website.
Discussion Meet: The YF&R Discussion Meet is a panel-type discussion in which YF&R members are judged on their ability to express ideas and opinions on the hottest issues in agriculture. Participants attempt to influence each other by posing and answering questions with the goal of reaching a solution to a stated agricultural problem. The winner of the contest, which is held at state convention in November, wins some great prizes and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention to compete in the national contest. Download the discussion meet application, read the current discussion meet topics and view a sample discussion meet on the American Farm Bureau Federation website.
Charles Roff Award: This award recognizes Oklahoma's top county YF&R committee. It encourages members to help build stronger county programs and to strengthen the organization by increasing participation in state activities. Applications are judged on the county’s activities throughout the year and must be accompanied by no more than three pages (front and back) of pictures and clippings for verification. The Charles L. Roff award winner will receive a traveling trophy at the state convention (shall be retired in any county winning the award three consecutive years). Download and print off a PDF application of the Charles Roff Award on the Applications Center page.
Outstanding County Event: This award recognizes a county YF&R committee for a single event it hosted or sponsored during the year. The award is designed to share ideas among counties and encourages county committees to be active and creative in educating the public and promoting agriculture. The Outstanding County Event recipient wins a traveling trophy.
Charities & Fundraisers
YF&R Golf Classic: The state YF&R Committee sponsors an annual golf tournament to benefit the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, which supports the rights of farmers and ranchers. The tournament is a four-man scramble on a different golf course each year. Lunch is provided the day of the tournament. Great prizes are awarded to the top three teams, as well as those individuals with the longest drive and closest to the hole.
Sponsorships are welcome. For more information contact your county Farm Bureau or contact the OKFB YF&R Coordinator at (405) 523-2300.
The 2017 YF&R Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 12. Location to be determined.
Livestock Judging Contests: The OKFB YF&R Committee hosts a livestock judging contest at both the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, and the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa in the fall. These contests are open to FFA and 4-H students across the state.
OSU Big 3 Field Days: The OKFB YF&R Committee is an annual sponsor of the OSU Big 3 Field Days, which is a three-day livestock judging event in Stillwater held during the month of July. More than 1,000 youth from across the state come each year to test their sheep, cattle and swine judging skills. The OKFB YF&R Committee awards plaques to the winners of the judging contest.
Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture: This four-day, three-night youth conference is geared toward improving the leadership skills of the top youth in the state. Oklahoma high school seniors have the opportunity to learn about new leadership techniques, teamwork skills, Oklahoma agriculture, industry demands and college opportunities. Students also enjoy agriculture tours and a ropes course, along with special sessions and visitors in between. The deadline to submit the application to your county office for approval is May 26.
The OKFB YF&R Committee presents scholarships each spring to nine high school seniors. An applicant’s family must be a voting member of Farm Bureau, and should be enrolling in a full-time agriculture major at one of Oklahoma's colleges. For more information on all scholarships available through Farm Bureau, visit your county Farm Bureau office or visit the scholarships page.
If you have questions regarding any of the Young Farmers and Ranchers activities, please call the OKFB YF&R Coordinator at (405) 523-2300.
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