While COVID has changed many things, it has not changed the mission of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program. Georgia Farm Bureau members ages 18-35 are continuing to develop and strengthen their leadership skills to advocate for agriculture.
In addition to staple events such as the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference, GFB’s YF&R Committee has an exciting lineup of activities this year. The Legislative Drive-In, held Feb. 7, in conjunction with GFB Day at the Capitol, prepared YF&R and Women’s Leadership Committee members from across the state to interact with their state legislators the next day during GFB Day at the Capitol.
“We were excited to offer a new program to support our members and strengthen their ability to engage with our elected officials,” said GFB YF&R Chairman Walt Pridgen.
In early March, GFB will release information about all YF&R award programs – Achievement Award in Agriculture; Excellence in Agriculture Award; and Discussion Meet.
The achievement award recognizes YF&R members for their farming operations and leadership activities. The excellence in agriculture award honors YF&R members who earn the majority of their income off the farm but are vocal ag advocates. The discussion meet simulates a meeting where participants talk about current ag issues and explore possible solutions.
These awards are pillars of the YF&R program and promote YF&R members across the state. GFB wants as many members as possible to apply for the awards and participate in YF&R activities to grow the program.
Registration information for the YF&R Summer Conference, to be held July 14-16 on Jekyll Island, and the annual YF&R Photo Contest will be released in early March. The application deadline for awards and conference registration is June 1. Photo contest entries are due by June 10.
Visit www.gfb.ag/yfr or contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information about the awards, photo contest and to register for the conference.
Georgia Farm Bureau YF&R Coordinator Breanna Berry may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-474-0679, ext. 5232 for more information. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you’d like to get involved with your local YR&R program.
Meet the 2022 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee: from left, 2nd Dist. Chairs Colt & LeAnna Hart, Franklin Co; 3rd Dist. Chair Anna Leigh Peek, Newton Co.; 5th Dist. Chairs Tara & Steven Green, Spalding Co.; 10th Dist. Chair & Committee Chairman Walt Pridgen, Coffee Co.; 9th Dist. Chair Cody Powell & not pictured Korey Powell, Decatur Co.; 4th Dist. Chairs Rachel & Jason Kinsaul, Morgan Co.; 1st Dist. Chair Christy & not pictured Dan Brannon, Chattooga Co.; 7th Dist. Chair & Committee Vice Chairman Josh Brannen, Candler Co.; 8th Dist. Chairs Addie & Bryan Tucker, Wilcox Co.; & 6th Dist. Chair William Moses, Laurens Co.