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.


2017 Winner: Glen and Melinda Groth, Winona County

Timeline

  • Application due September 15
  • Application review at MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January

Minnesota's 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 LEAP Conference

National Prizes: 

  • Winner will receive credit of $35,000 towards a 2018 Ford pick-up truck sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Three finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall tractor, courtesy of Case IH

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.


2018 Winner: Ted and Katie Brenny, Goodhue County

Timeline

  • Application due September 15
  • Presentation given at MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January

Minnesota's 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 LEAP Conference

National Prizes: 

  • Winner will receive credit of $35,000 towards a 2018 Ford pick-up truck sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Three finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall tractor, courtesy of Case IH

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.

2018 Winner: Katie Winslow, Goodhue County

Timeline

  • Preliminary round at MFBF LEAP Conference, January 26
  • Top 8 compete at MFBF Annual Meeting in November
  • Winner represents Minnesota at the national competition at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January

Minnesota's Prizes

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

Minnesota Farm Bureau's Triple Crown Winner

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers Program is offering an incentive of $1,000 to any individual who wins all three competitive Farm Bureau Discussion Meets – they include:

  • Minnesota FFA Discussion Meet
  • MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • MFBF Discussion Meet

National Prizes: 

  • Winner will receive credit of $35,000 towards a 2018 Ford pick-up truck sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Three finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall tractor, courtesy of Case IH