Young Farmers & Ranchers Awards & Contests

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farm or ranch and have honed their leadership abilities to superiority. Participants are involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. Judges evaluate competitor’s excellence in management, growth and scope of their enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the farm or ranch.

State Winner Prizes

  • Truck courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty
  • 100 hours of use of a John Deere tractor
  • 300 hours of use of a Kubota tractor
  • $500 cash courtesy of Ford
  • $1,800 cash toward the purchase of farm technology
  • Expense paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award Contest

Runner Up Prizes

  • $500 cash courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty
  • $500 cash courtesy of Federal Land Bank Associations of Mississippi

 

Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Excellence in Agriculture Award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievement, and their ability to communicate their agricultural story.

State Winner Prizes

  • Zero Turn Lawn Mower courtesy of Southern Ag Credit
  • $500 cash courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty
  • $500 cash courtesy of Federal Land Bank Associations of Mississippi
  • Expense paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award Contest

Runner Up Prizes

  • $500 cash courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty
  • $500 cash courtesy of Federal Land Bank Associations of Mississippi
Discussion Meet

The Discussion Meet competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

State Winner Prizes

  • 4-Wheeler courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
  • $500 cash courtesy of Ford
  • $500 cash courtesy of Federal Land Bank Associations of Mississippi
  • Expense paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet Contest

Runner Up Prizes

  • $500 cash courtesy of Ford
  • $500 cash courtesy of Federal Land Bank Associations of Mississippi
Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Collegiate Discussion Meet competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems. The Collegiate Discussion Meet is open to students enrolled in a Mississippi college or university. 

State Winner Prizes

  • $2,000 scholarship
  • YETI cooler courtesy of Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Expense paid trip to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting
  • Expense paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet Contest

Runner Up Prizes

  • $500 scholarship

For more information about any of the above awards and contests, contact Young Farmers & Ranchers Coordinator Samantha Laird at slaird@msfb.org or 601-573-7913.

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