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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.

MFBF YF&R Programs

MFBF State YF&R Committee
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.

FFA and Collegiate Discussion Meet
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 Contests
Young Farmers & Ranchers have the opportunity to participate in three different contests: Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture.

Collegiate Outreach
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 Conference
The 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.


Monday, August 8, 2016

At the Intersection of Tradition and Tomorrow

We all know the world of agriculture is changing. And there’s no better place to see that than where growing cities expand into areas once considered “the country,” and reserved exclusively for agriculture. That’s where YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award winner Mike Miron lives, and where he works to teach a new generation about the industry that feeds us all.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Everyone Needs a Check-Up

At some point in time in our lives, we all need a check-up of some kind. This should be no different for our agricultural and farm businesses. A check-up allows for us to examine the whole body or business, and access whether changes need to be made and if targets and goals are being met.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Refine, Adapt, Set and Accomplish Goals

What an exciting time to be a Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R)! With representation from four college campuses and universities, the growth of our collegiate discussion meet over the past year was a big success and achieved one of the goals that we set as a state committee. Another tremendous success was witnessing our second Excellence in Agriculture winner, Mike Miron, take home the grand prize as murmurs of “back to back” sounded from the gleeful Minnesota section of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. Using the momentum of success, our committee refined and honed our goals for 2016 as we seek continued growth and outreach on our college campuses, and increased participants in all our YF&R contests. Just as we built on success to create new goals, I believe the same method can be adapted and applied to our farms as we embark upon another growing season.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Getting Started in a Farming Career

These are exciting times in American agriculture as we are starting to see more and more opportunities arising for young individuals to start their career in production agriculture. Sometimes one thinks of all the capital it takes to start farming and hesitate at the thought of the amount of cash needed to run a successful farm. I thought I would share some of the programs available to the next generation of farmers and ranchers.