Young Farmers & Ranchers

Young Farmers & Ranchers YF&R is a committee-centered, fully integrated part of Farm Bureau. he YF&R program is designed to help enterprising members achieve their goals and build satisfying lives in the profession that they love. Regular members, both as individuals and couples, up through age 35 are eligible to participate.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program is a committee-centered, fully integrated part of Farm Bureau at the county, state and national level. Young people who choose to focus their lives in agricultural careers can enhance their potential for success by becoming active in Young Farmers and Ranchers early in their adult life. In keeping with Farm Bureau’s family oriented mission to improve net farm income and to serve as “The Voice of Agriculture”, the YF&R program is designed to help enterprising members achieve their goals and build satisfying lives in the profession that they love. Regular members, both as individuals and couples, up through age 35 are eligible to participate. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation in policy development
  • Attending annual statewide leadership conference
  • Developing skills through competitive award programs
  • Social interaction with other YF&R couples
  • Hosting farm safety training programs
  • Assisting with Agriculture in the Classroom projects
  • Honing speaking and critical thinking skills by competing in the annual Discussion Meet Contest

Young Farmer & Rancher Sponsored FFA Discussion Meets

FFA Discussion Meet competitions will be held in all seven districts of the Utah Farm Bureau State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. For the current list of questions, Discussion Meet Study Guides, FAQs, and more, click  HERE

2017 Discussion Meet Questions:
  1. Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?
  2. With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?
  3.  Formation of family farm corporations is common practice. How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that the public’s positive perception of the family farm is not lost?
  4. How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?
  5.  How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?
For more information, please contact 801-233-3011 or

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YF&R Awards and Competitions

Those interested can get more information on the yearly State and National Young Farmer & Rancher awards and competitions, including the Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award, and Discussion meet. Additionally, more information on the Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet can be found by contacting Utah Farm Bureau.

Current State YF&R Committee

(From left to right):Brandon & Michelle Hatch (District 1), former members Wayne & Melonie Brinkerhoff (District 4), Ladell & Baily Brinkerhoff (District 5), Brett & Jenna Madsen (Committee Chairs), former members Daniel & Amy Buttars (At-large) Derek & Jordan Black (District 3). Missing from photo are Kenny & Jam McFarland (District 2), Dave & Kalei Robbins (District 4), Jed & Nanci Johnson (District 6), Chad & Linda Osguthorpe (District 7), Kyle & Shelley Wilson (At-large), and Russell & Heather Kohler (AFBF Committee Reps).

To find out more information or to contact your County YF&R Chair, please contact someone on the state committee below.

For upcoming YF&R activities, see the calendar of events

For more information, call at 801-233-3040.

Thoughts from Young Farmers & Ranchers Across the Country.

Support All Farmers

By: Hope Pjesky

Since 2007 I have been blessed and honored to have the opportunity to travel to several other countries and visit agricultural operations. I have also had the opportunity to host farmers from many other countries on my farm in northern Oklahoma.

During this time, one thing has become obvious to me and that is farmers everywhere have a lot in common. Farmers all have similar challenges and opportunities.

I support all farmers, no matter what country they are from. I know farmers from every continent and I have lost count of how many different countries and I support them all.

I support all farmers, no matter what size their farm is. My farm is middle sized by American standards. I know some very large farmers from developed nations and some smallholder farmers from developing nations and I support them all.

I support all farmers, no matter what they produce. I produce beef cattle and wheat on my farm. I know farmers who produce virtually every kind of crop and food animal on earth and I support them all.

I support all farmers, no matter what production practices they use. I use conventional production practices on our farm. I know farmers that use organic, biodynamic, natural, free range, grass fed, no-till, confinement and high tech production practices using all the latest technology including biotechnology, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones and other animal health products and I support them all.

I want all farmers to be productive and have a good life. I am careful to not be selfish in the policies that I advocate. Because I have a much larger worldview now, I only speak out on issues that I believe would benefit all farmers. I encourage all farmers to look beyond their individual farm and think about the larger agriculture and food industry around the world. 

When I was in Southeast Asia I saw some farmers that had a much better quality of life than other farmers in the same countries. The difference was they had been given the tools to access world markets for their products. I support free trade because it benefits both small farmers in developing nations and larger farmers in developed countries.

I know farmers from many countries that cannot access technologies that they want to use that have been proven safe and effective because their government has banned the use of them. I also know consumers that would like to be able to purchase products that they do not have access to because their government will not allow the products to enter their country even though they are perfectly safe. These people should have the right to choose.

There are also many farmers in this world that would be much more productive if they had at least the same level of private property rights that farmers have in the United States. These are the issues that I advocate for and I try to be as ideologically pure on these issues as I can. I strive to never to be a hypocrite.

I have also learned that there is no universally good or bad agricultural practice and no perfect size for a farm. A practice that you believe to be the best in your area could be completely wrong in another part of the country or world. Something that you think would be a horrible practice in your area can be absolutely correct in another place.

With nine billion people to feed by 2050 and a quickly increasing middle class around the world, farmers around the world should not be competing with each other. Farmers should be supporting each other so that all farmers can be productive and have good lives. If that happens consumers will also benefit. There will be markets for all of our products.

One of the biggest challenges that farmers all have is activist groups that attack agriculture from every possible direction. How can farmers ever expect to be successful in combating those attacks if farmers are saying negative things about each other? In fact some of those activist groups get their negative ideas about agriculture from other farmers.

I support all farmers. Wouldn’t everyone be better off if all farmers felt that way.