Young Farmers & Ranchers

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to surface and engage new and current young members by providing leadership, educational and networking opportunities to enhance involvement within the Farm Bureau organization.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hicks and Knorr Finish in Top Sixteen in National Discussion Meet

Jakob Hicks of Redwood County and Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids finished in the top 16 in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) FUSION Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were among 53 participants in this year’s competition.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ramsden Advances to Sweet Sixteen in National Competition

Corey Ramsden of Washington-Ramsey County Farm Bureau advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Discussion Meet Competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Convention and will compete again tomorrow. The Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet is being held during the AFBF Convention, January 6-11 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ramsden advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet in November. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.

Ramsden is a business manager for Land O’ Lakes Inc., Winfield and Purina. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Minnesota Crookston, where she received degrees in agriculture business, agriculture economics and equine science.

More then 50 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among over 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Convention. The convention also features workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session which set policies for the upcoming year.

MFBF YF&R Programs

The State YF&R Committee is made up of one person/couple from each district. Applications are due September 1 each year.
MFBF Leadership Conference
In conjunction with the State Promotion & Education Committee, the YF&R Committee hosts the MFBF Leadership Conference in January or February each year. The 2017 Leadership Conference will be in Bemidji.
MFBF Summer Leadership Tour The Summer Leadership Tour in held in July each year in the area of the committee chair. This event is open to all ages.
Young Farmers & Ranchers across the state host Discussion Meet contests for FFA and collegiate students. See the Student Contests page for prize information.
Leadership Development ContestsYoung Farmers & Ranchers have the opportunity to participate in three different contests: Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture.

The MFBF YF&R Committee conducts collegiate outreach with six different colleges across the state. Contact your committee representative to participate.
AFBF YF&R Leadership ConferenceThe AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference is held each February throughout the country for Young Farmers & Ranchers from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. This conference is also the host to the national Collegiate Discussion Meet.