GFB Young Farmer Program
The purpose of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Program is to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Georgia Farm Bureau by providing leadership, educational, and social opportunities, thereby preparing and enabling young adults to become more active members and to assume additional roles of leadership and responsibility within county, state or national Farm Bureau organizations.
Every year, the GFB Young Farmer Committee sponsors two competitive events. Young farmers can compete in the Achievement Award Competition and the Young Farmer Discussion Meet. State winners in these contests compete against their peers from other states in the American Farm Bureau national competitions. Click here for information on the Young Farmer Discussion Meet Program.
The Young Farmers Leadership Conference is held every Summer, and this year's conference took place at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 13-15. Here is a story about this conference from the Georgia Farm Monitor.
Each year Georgia Farm Bureau plans a trip to Washington DC for its young farmer members. It's an opportunity to meet with lawmakers and to share concerns and ideas pertaining to agriculture. More information on this trip can be found here.
The Young Farmer program also sponsors the annual Picture Agriculture In Georgia Photo Contest, looking for the photos that capture the spirit of agriculture, and Farm Bureau, in our great state. To see the winners in the 2013 contest, click here.
GFB Young Farmers are proud to have coordinated the Georgia Farm Bureau Harvest For All Campaign, which donated $20,000 to the Georgia Food Bank Association in 2012. Harvest for All is one of the highlights of annual young farmer activities and has traditionally been one of many ways young farmers seek to give back to those in need. For more information on this great campaign, please visit our Harvest For All page.
In the photo: Georgia Farm Bureau's 2012 Young Farmer Committee Chair Jake Carter, left and GFB President Zippy Duvall, right, present a check for the proceeds of the 2012 Harvest For All campaign to Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft during the 2012 GFB annual convention on Jekyll Island on December 3rd.
Pictured above is the Georgia Farm Bureau 2013 State Young Farmer Committee. They are (from left to right): Joe & Leigh Rush, Floyd County; , BJ & Kaci Marks, Newton County; Matt & Ivy Oliver, Macon County; Jacob & Emily Nolan (Vice Chairs), Wayne County; Garrett & Nydia Ganas (Chairs), Ware County; Matthew & Kimberly London, White County; Chris & Lori Rogers, Jefferson County; Marcus & Neely South, Upson County; and Andrew Ruark, Morgan County. Not pictured: Sam & Emily Watson, Colquitt County.
To learn more about the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Program and for information on how to get involved, click here for our Young Farmer Brochure.
For more information on any awards or activities of the Young Farmer Program, please contact:
Georgia Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 7068
Macon, GA 31209
(478) 474.0679 ext 5224