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.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nelson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall. The competition was held Thursday, September 21. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet. This year’s regional winner was Asa Nelson from Tracy in Lyon County who is a majoring in agriculture. The runner-up of the regional contest was Amanda Stafford from Columbus in Anoka County. She is studying agricultural education.

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.