Young Farmers & Ranchers

The Young Farmers and Ranchers program is designed to develop young people into the leaders that will someday guide Farm Bureau. Educating young farmers about the purpose and function of Farm Bureau and providing opportunities for them to participate in the program structure of Farm Bureau will prepare them to assume roles of leadership in the organization.
The YF&R program is designed for younger members, ages 18 – 35, who share an interest in improving themselves and agriculture. They are encouraged to use their own knowledge and the information gained about Farm Bureau to help formulate policies and programs that can lead to solutions to their problems.
Each year, the Young Farmer & Rancher Department sponsors the YF&R Achievement Award. County winners compete at the district level and district winners compete at the state level. The state winner represents Mississippi in the American Farm Bureau YF&R Contest.

The YF&R Department also sponsors the YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award each year. This contest is designed to recognize the accomplishments of contestants that derive the majority of their income from efforts other than agriculture but are involved in farming and Farm Bureau.

One of the most interesting and rewarding programs sponsored by the YF&R department in the Discussion Meet where young people get together to discuss issues and problems affecting their way of life.
The Young Farmers and Ranchers program also sponsors scholarships for deserving students.
For more information contact Samantha Laird at 601-573-7913.

2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee

Term Expires  2018
Term Expires  2019

Region 1

Charles & Kathryn Anne Danna
Bolivar

Walt and Ashley Rambo
Sunflower

Region 2

Matthew and Kayla Poe
Potontoc

Adam and Brittany Wright
Calhoun

Region 3

Eric and Ann Carol Tirey
Humphreys

Billy and Brittany Rodgers
Humphreys

Region 4

Billy and Cala Tabb
Webster

David and Kelli Russell
Oktibbeha

Region 5

Brian and Ashley Rhodes
Rankin

Ben and Amanda Berry
Simpson

Region 6

Evan and Carla Lawrence
Lawrence

Sean and Morgan McDonald
Jones

Region 7

Sam and Makenzi Blakeney
Jasper

Ross and Lacey Smith
Marion

Region 8

Stephen Parker
Lamar

Taylor Hickman
Forrest

Young Farmer Achievement Award Winner

David and Rebekkah Arant
Leflore

Discussion Meet Winner

Cobie Rutherford
Oktibbeha

Young Farmer Excellence in Ag Award Winner

Austin Smith
Perry

2018 State Young Farmer and Rancher Officers

Billy Tabb – Chair

Brian Rhodes  – 1st Vice Chair

Matthew Poe – 2nd Vice Chair

Makenzi Blakeney  – Secretary