Leadership Development Contests


Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ abilities to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Development Contests are for Farm Bureau members ages 18-35.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award highlights efforts in production farming and leadership achievement. Participants are involved in farming with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. Competitors are judged on their farm and growth, the financial progress of their farm and Farm Bureau and community leadership.

Timeline

  • Application due in July
  • Application review at MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January
  

Prizes

  • $500 (runner-up $250) sponsored by Gislason & Hunter
  • Trip to AFBF Annual Convention
  • Trip to Farmers to Washington D.C.
  • Registration and lodging to MFBF Leadership Conference
 
Achievement Award Application - Coming Soon

Excellence in Agriculture

The Excellence in Agriculture award spotlights agricultural enthusiasts who have not earned a majority of their income from production farming in the past three years. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievement, and their ability to communicate their agricultural story.

2016 Winner: Brad and Jenna Davis, Wright County

Timeline

  • Application due in July
  • Presentation given at the MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January
  

Prizes

  • $500 (runner-up $250) sponsored by Gislason & Hunter
  • Trip to AFBF Annual Convention
  • Trip to Farmers to Washington D.C.
  • Registration and lodging to MFBF Leadership Conference
   
Excellence in Agriculture Application - Coming Soon

Discussion Meet

The Discussion Meet is an activity designed to help active young farmer and rancher 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.



2015 Winner: Katie Miron, Washington-Ramsey County

Timeline

  • Preliminary round at the MFBF Leadership Conference in January
  • Top 8 compete at the MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January
 

Prizes

  • $500 sponsored by Gislason & Hunter
  • Trip to AFBF Annual Convention
  • Trip to Farmers to Washington D.C.
  • Registration and lodging to MFBF Leadership Conference