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 Farmer Leadership Conference is held every Summer, and this year's conference took place at Jekyll Island, Georgia, July 15 - 18. Here is a story from the Georgia Farm Monitor about the 2016 Young Farmer Leadership Conference...
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. To see a video clip of the most recent trip, click 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. The 2016 contest winners will be announced during the Young Farmer Leadership Conference in July. Follow this link to see the outstanding photos that won the 2015 contest.
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 2015. 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 2015 Young Farmer Committee Chair David Cromley (left) and then-GFB President Zippy Duvall (right) present a check for the proceeds of the 2015 Harvest For All campaign to Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft during the 2015 GFB annual convention on Jekyll Island in December.
Pictured above is the Georgia Farm Bureau 2016 State Young Farmer Committee. They are (from left to right): Becky and Mitchell Pittman, Toombs County; Tom and Carmen Strickland, Henry County; Molly Childs, Cherokee County; Russ and Laura Wilburn, Barrow County; Heather and Will Cabe, Franklin County (State Chair); Becky and Wayne McInvale, Crawford County (State Vice Chair); Justin Shealey, Cook County (not pictured – Mandi Shealey); Jan Jones, Decatur County; Amber and Ryan Talton, Houston County; and Rebecca and Troy Windham, Laurens 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