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The mission of the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation (MFBFo) is to support Montana agriculture through education, research, and community support, with a special emphasis for the development of our youth.

How does the MFB Foundation carry out its mission? Assisting in Education: Whether it’s funding an adult agricultural education program or providing materials to urban students, we realize that our support is fundamental in providing future leaders with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be effective. Encouraging Research: Recent improvements in technology have made agriculture both more efficient and more productive. In order to ensure and continue this current progression and to give Montana’s producers the most up-do-date information, we work closely with similarly-interested groups such as the College of Agriculture at MSU-Bozeman. Supporting Montana’s Rural Communities: Agriculture reaches every corner of the state and is the main artery of rural Montana. In giving youth the opportunity for leadership and offering educational programs, we work to broaden the impact of Montana agriculture.

With continued support, the MFB Foundation is able to offer yearly programs in an effort to promote youth education in agriculture, including: the annual Youth Speech Contest in November, Mini Grants throughout the year, the Bernard Greufe Honorary Scholarship, the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Scholarship to the American Farm Bureau Federation national YF&R leadership conference in February. Many other programs and funding opportunities support groups such as Agriculture in Montana Schools, Montana 4-H, Montana FFA and the Montana State University College of Agriculture.

MFBFo is a qualified charity under IRS tax code 501 (c) (3) making all donations tax deductible for our supporters.

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Introducing the 2014 Montana Farm Bureau Speech Contest – YOUTH CONTESTANTS, AGES SEVEN TO EIGHTEEN, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN $400!

Contestants will be placed in the appropriate competition division based on age:

  • Junior Division:          Ages 13 and under, 2 ½ to 4 minutes long
  • Senior Division:         Ages 14 to 18*, 5 to 7 minutes long

*Students who are age 18 must be currently enrolled in high school at the time of the contest to be eligible to compete.

This year’s topic:

What are the current impacts on the agricultural industry from state and federal regulatory agencies?

Possible areas of discussion include:

  • Both the positive and negative impacts on agriculture.
  • Regulatory issues such as wildlife management, Endangered Species Act, Waters of the United States, etc.
  • Proactive involvement by agricultural producers to shape regulatory impact on agriculture.
  • Montana Farm Bureau Federation’s role as an advocate for members on these issues.

Registration and a copy of your speech must be received by the Montana Farm Bureau Federation office by October 31, 2014. Please e-mail registration information to scottk@mfbf.org or mail to:

Montana Farm Bureau Foundation
502 S. 19th Ave., Suite 104
Bozeman, MT 59718

Competition will begin at 3:00pm on November 09, 2014 in conjunction with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings, Montana. 

Winners will be determined based on the total points awarded by a panel of judges.  Awards will be as follows:

  • 1st Place in Each Division:     $400.00
  • 2nd Place in Each Division:    $250.00
  • 3rd Place in Each Division:     $100.00

Click here to download a Speech Contest Application

Application TitleYearFile Type
2014 Youth Speech Contest Application2014PDF
2014 Bernard Greufe Scholarship Application2014PDF
2014 MFB Foundation YF&R Leadership Conference Scholarship Application2014PDF
MFB Foundation Mini Grant Application2014PDF
Women's Leadership Committee Scholarship2014PDF

For more information on ways you can “Invest in the Future of Agriculture” by supporting the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, please call the state office at 1-800-823-2676 or email Scott Kulbeck at scottk@mfbf.org.