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.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Take the Leadership Step

As we all know agriculture has been challenging, but having strong leaders on the local, state and national levels can make a world of difference. Being a good leader isn’t always about being the best, but more importantly making everyone else around you better. I have always strived to be that type of leader. I encourage you to reflect on what characteristics you feel make a good leader. Then seek out opportunities to develop those skills. I guarantee our rural communities need you and others to be strong advocates to share our story.

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 LEAP ConferenceIn conjunction with the State Promotion & Education Committee, the YF&R Committee hosts a leadership conference in January or February each year. 

Leadership Development ContestsYoung Farmers & Ranchers have the opportunity to participate in three different contests: Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture.

Young Farmers & Ranchers across the state host Discussion Meet contests for FFA and collegiate students. See the Student Contests page for prize information.
The MFBF YF&R Committee conducts collegiate outreach with six different colleges across the state. Contact your committee representative to participate.

AFBF Fusion ConferenceThe AFBF Fusion Conference is held in March 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.