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.

2017 Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee

Term Expires  2017
Term Expires  2018

Region 1

Luke and Morgan Andrews
Bolivar

Charles & Kathryn Anne Danna
Bolivar

Region 2

Collin Ray Hutcheson
Lee

Matthew and Kayla Poe
Potontoc

Region 3

Jon and Tori Carson
Issaquena

Eric and Ann Carol Tirey
Humphreys

Region 4

Matt and Brandi Karisch
Oktibbeha

Billy and Cala Tabb
Webster

Region 5

Brian Layton
Simpson

Brian and Ashley Rhodes
Rankin

Region 6

Brett and Memorie Sanford
Covington

Evan and Carla Lawrence
Lawrence

Region 7

Matthew and Lauren Guedon
Jefferson

Sam and Makenzi Blakeney
Jasper

Region 8

Jarrod and Haley Massey
George 

Stephen Parker
Lamar

Young Farmer Achievement Award Winner

Levi and Shannon Rogers
Covington

Discussion Meet Winner

Strider McCrory
Sunflower

Young Farmer Excellence in Ag Award Winner

Jessica Graves
Oktibbeha

2017 State Young Farmer and Rancher Officers

Luke Andrews – Chair

Brandi Karisch – 1st Vice Chair

Jarrod Massey – 2nd Vice Chair

Tori Carson – Secretary