GFB taking entries for YF&R Conference, competitive events
By Georgia Farm Bureau
Registration is now open for the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Summer Leadership Conference!
The conference will be held July 14-16 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. This conference is open to any GFB YF&R member (ages 18-35). A children’s program will also be provided for kids (ages 12 and younger) as a convenience for attendees competing or participating in sessions.
Please register by June 1 using this link - https://gfb.ag/yfrslc. The registration fee is $100 per attendee. Registration fees for first-time conference attendees will be waived (limit of two free registrations per county). Additionally, registration fees will be waived for current college students.
Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Room blocks have been secured at select Jekyll Island hotels.
Conference attendees are invited to participate in the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture Mini Golf Tournament on July 15. All proceeds benefit the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture. To sign up for the Mini Golf Tournament, please click here.
The YF&R Summer Leadership Conference agenda will be released at a later date.
For more information about the conference, please contact GFB Leadership Programs Director Breanna Berry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 478-474-0679, ext. 5232 or 678-588-9908.
Georgia Farm Bureau is now accepting entries for its 2022 Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitive events and the 2022 Picture Agriculture in Georgia Photo Contest.
The deadline for entries for the competitive events – Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and Discussion Meet – is June 1. Competitors should contact their county Farm Bureau office for entry applications, as well as information about how the contests are scored and tips for success. Completed applications can be submitted online at https://gfb.ag/yfrcompete.
It is highly recommended that applicants work with their district federation manager on the application well in advance of the deadline. The state winners of all three contests will be announced during the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference, July 14-16 on Jekyll Island.
Here’s a brief overview of each award:
• Achievement Award – Candidate(s) for this award are individuals or couples involved in production agriculture with a majority of their net income subject to normal production risks. Following the deadline, district winners and three state finalists will be determined. The state finalists will be contacted by June 10 for an on-farm interview the week of June 26.
• Excellence in Agriculture Award – Candidate(s) for this award are individuals or couples who do not have the majority of their income subject to normal production risks. Following the deadline, district winners and three state finalists will be determined. The state finalists will be contacted by June 10 in order to prepare for the presentation component of this award. Presentations will be in person on July 13 as a part of the YF&R Summer Leadership.
If you have questions regarding the awards applications, please contact your district federation manager.
• Discussion Meet – The GFB Discussion Meet is a series of committee-style meetings during which competitors consider a predetermined topic related to agriculture.
Any Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers member is eligible to compete. Discussion Meet orientation (for all competitors) will be on July 13 and the discussion meet competition will be in-person at the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference. Competition will include two preliminary rounds, a Sweet Sixteen round, and a Final Four round, which will determine the state winner.
If you have questions regarding the discussion meet, please contact your GFB district federation manager
• Picture Agriculture in Georgia Photo Contest – This competition offers amateur photographers the chance to explore the many activities, seasons, triumphs, disappointments and faces of agriculture, our state’s largest industry. The photos that win this competition will capture the image and spirit of agriculture and Farm Bureau in Georgia.
All photos must highlight Georgia agriculture and have been taken in 2021 or 2022. Each entrant may enter no more than three photos; only those of highest quality will be considered. All digital photos must submitted as a digital .jpeg file and should be at least 1 MB in size. Entry forms, complete rules and model release forms are available at https://gfb.ag/yfrphoto. The deadline to submit photos for the contest is June 10.