CAMP HILL, Pa. — Interested in applying for one of the 2023 YAP Competitions?The contests are hosted through the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers program.Learn more about each of the awards below and click the button below to apply!
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annually conducts a Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award competition. State Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote this activity among county Farm Bureaus. Selection of the winning YF&R competitor is based on his/her efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement. Participation in this program with individual recognition and the resulting publicity will help build the organization. The ideal candidate(s) for the Achievement Award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with a majority of his/her net income subject to normal production risks.
Excellence in Agriculture Award
The Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture Award competition is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to earn recognition, while actively contributing and growing though their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and participation/involvement in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service and community). The ideal candidate(s) for the Excellence in Agriculture Award is an individual or couple who does not have the majority of his/her net income subject to normal production risk.
Social Media Award
As the average person becomes further and further removed from production agriculture it is becoming increasingly more important to tell the story of agriculture. The state Young Ag Professionals Committee recognizes the need to tell the positive story of agriculture and utilize current media to do so. This is a perfect way to get the positive story of modern agriculture out to the general public. The contest is open to all PFB members between 18-35. These five-minute, educational videos will be used to showcase the positive aspects of modern agriculture and allow us to promote agriculture on a broad scale. Videos will be posted on You Tube, included in other social media sites, showcased at meetings and much more! Whether it is highlighting your own dairy farm, a neighbors hog operation or a whole industry, everyone has a positive story to tell and now is the time to get the message out!
Discussion Meet Contests
The Discussion Meet and Collegiate Discussion Meet are competitions promoted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee. Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ abilities to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs.
The competitions are designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. Participants 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.
A successful participant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader. He/she will assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps.
AFBF YF&R Conference will be in Omaha, NE on March 8-11
AFBF Annual Meeting will be in Salt Lake City, UT on January 19-23
For more information, or to apply for any of the awards, click here.
–Pennsylvania Farm Bureau