Young Farmer and Rancher Competitions

Young Farmer and Rancher Competitions
The Utah Young Farmers and Ranchers program sponsors three competitions for young farmers and ranchers 18-35. Listed here are the contest summaries and applicable forms and information. The state winners are announced at the annual UFBF Convention in November and go on to represent Utah at the American Farm Bureau Convention in January. For more information on any of the competitions listed below, contact Garrick Hall at garrickahall@gmail.com or 435-232-1117.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority. The contestants will be evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of operation, FB Leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges will be looking for excellence in management, growth and scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the operation. A contestant's participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations is a definite point getter from the judges. For more information about the rules or application click below.

State winners receive a new Polaris ATV from Utah Polaris Dealers, a year's insurance on the ATV From Farm Bureau Insurance, a safety helmet from Utah Farm Bureau, and an expense paid trip to the AFBF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2018 to compete in the national competition. Second and third place winners will receive cash prizes during the awards and recognition program at the UFBF Convention. National winners will have their choice of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado or 2018 GMC Sierra, courtesy of Chevrolet, and paid registration to the AFBF Fusion Conference. Three national finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH, along with a $2,500 cash prize and $500 in merchandise, courtesy of STIHL.

DEADLINE: Application must be received by September 22, 2017 (this is a new, extended deadline).

   

You can download the application from the American Farm Bureau website HERE.

Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award Program is designed as an opportunity for Young Farmers & Ranchers, while actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture, to earn recognition. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service and community).

State winners receive a new Polaris ATV from Utah Polaris Dealers, a year's insurance on the ATV From Farm Bureau Insurance, a safety helmet from Utah Farm Bureau, and an expense paid trip to the AFBF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2018 to compete in the national competition. Second and third place winners will receive cash prizes during the awards and recognition program at the UFBF Convention. National winners will have their choice of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado or 2018 GMC Sierra, courtesy of Chevrolet, and paid registration to the AFBF Fusion Conference. Three national finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH, along with a $2,500 cash prize and $500 in merchandise, courtesy of STIHL.

DEADLINE:  Application must be received by September 22, 2017 (this is a new, extended deadline).

You can download the application from the American Farm Bureau website HERE.

YF&R Discussion Meet

The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers constructive criticism, cooperation, and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions. To find out more information about the Discussion Meet competition click below.

The contest is held at the beginning of the Annual UFBF Convention in Layton in November. Winners of the state contest are announced during the Thursday evening awards and recognition program. Practice competitions are often held at the county and district levels. Contact your local YF&R representative for more information on those events.

State winners receive a new Polaris ATV from Utah Polaris Dealers, a year's insurance on the ATV from Farm Bureau Insurance, a safety helmet from Utah Farm Bureau, and an expense paid trip to the AFBF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2018 to compete in the national competition. Second and third place winners will receive cash prizes during the awards and recognition program at the UFBF Convention. National winners will have their choice of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado or 2018 GMC Sierra, courtesy of Chevrolet, and paid registration to the AFBF Fusion Conference. Three national finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH, along with a $2,500 cash prize and $500 in merchandise, courtesy of STIHL.

For those interested in participating in the YF&R Discussion Meet, please contact Hannah Haslam at 801-233-3011 or hannah.haslam@fbfs.com. For the current list of questions, click HERE.

Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet
The Collegiate Discussion Meet is an activity designed to build these crucial skills in young, active leaders in agriculture on the collegiate level.  By participating, 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.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a competition promoted by the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The Collegiate Discussion Meet is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. The competitors will discuss pre-selected topics. The four fundamental bases of general discussion are: Cooperation; Constructive Criticism; Problem Solving; Communication.

The discussion should not be "conversation" or aimless talk, nor should the participant take the role of a persuasive speaker. The participant should try to cooperatively shed light on the problem and tentatively retain a flexible position.

A successful participant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader. Sometimes it’s reasonable to change positions whenever new information and ideas are presented.

This is not a panel symposium wherein each participant, in turn, makes a presentation, with the moderator ending the session with a summary.  Rather, it is an exercise in cooperative problem solving, with the questions, answers and statements coming from any person at any time.  The moderator plays an inactive role during the discussion.

Contact your local YF&R representative for more information on those events.

The state winner receives an expense paid trip to the AFBF Fusion Conference and will compete in the AFBF YF&R Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Each participant in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet receives a $250 scholarship, finalists receives a $1,000 scholarship, and the winner receives a $2,500 scholarship.

For the current list of questions, click HERE.