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Young Farmers and Ranchers

The Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Program of the Montana Farm Bureau provides an excellent opportunity for young farmers, ages 18-35, to actively participate in Farm Bureau programs and become leaders in the Farm Bureau organization.

Young farmers and ranchers are a rare commodity these days, yet they are probably one of agriculture’s most important. It is imperative that we surface new leaders that will work to continue our agricultural way of life for generations to come. As a young farmer or rancher, an organization like Farm Bureau is a valuable tool to have under your belt. You have many challenges ahead of you; we can provide you with all the tools you’ll need.

As a result of active participation in Farm Bureau programs, YF&R members will experience personal growth and achievement as Farm Bureau members, farmers or ranchers, citizens and community leaders. Participation in membership acquisition and maintenance, legislative activities, policy development and execution, commodity promotion, marketing, political education and action, and local affairs build strong leaders for the future of Farm Bureau.

Staff Contact is Sue Ann Streufert –

Hoofin’ it for Hunger Trail Run

Hoofin13LogoThe MFBF YF&R Committee is proud to host the annual Hoofin’ it for Hunger Trail Run.  Held in October each year in Miles City, the YF&R Committee partners with USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Research Station to pull together this 5K, 10K and Half Marathon trail run benefiting the Montana Food Bank Network.  This event is part of an larger partnership between YF&R programs across the country and Feeding America.  Whether the contribution is a bushel – a dollar – or an hour, Farm Bureau and Feeding America is working together to finish an important job – making sure every American can enjoy the bounty produced on our farms and ranches.  The Montana Farm Bureau YF&R Committee is proud to have raised over $23,000 dollars for the Montana Food Bank Network.  Since Harvest for All was launched 12 years ago, Farm Bureau families across the country have gathered more than 147 million pounds of food, logged more than 97,000 volunteer hours and raised more than $4.8 million in donations. Combined, the food and money donations amount to the equivalent of more than 166 million meals.

MFBF Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers

Montana Farm Bureau Federation has two Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers clubs, one on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University and the other on the Dillon campus of UM-Western.  The purpose of these clubs is to further communication among people with an interest in agricultural issues, educate college students about the work of an agricultural organization, provide college students experience with local, state and national government through active participation in legislative activities, learn about Farm Bureau policies and activities, and promote the profession of agriculturally-related occupations.

Established in 2004 and in 2012 respectively, the chapters conduct meetings and participates in the Farm Bureau policy development process, Montana’s Young Ag Leadership Conference, Calling on the Capitol events and a number of other issues and leadership development activities.

To learn more about Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers or how to state a chapter at your university or community college, contact Sue Ann Streufert,

Young Farmer & Rancher Contests:

Discussion Meet

The Farm Bureau Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate 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. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers constructive criticism, cooperation, and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions. To find out more information about the Discussion Meet competition see the download section on this page.

Click here to watch a video of the 2015 Discussion Meet Final Four

Achievement Award Contest

The Farm Bureau Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority.

The contestants will be evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of operation, FB Leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges will be looking for excellence in management, growth and scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout
the operation. A contestant’s participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations is a definite point getter from the judges. For more information about the rules or application see the dowload section on this page.

Excellence in Agriculture

The Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award Program is designed as an opportunity for Young Farmers & Ranchers, while actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture, to earn recognition.

Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service and community). For more information about the rules or application see the dowload section on this page.

First NameLast NameCityDistrict
MichaelStuartDillon 2
JennieAndersonBig Timber4
AmberRolfMiles City5
BenJohnsonSidney 6
PatrickHackley Culbertson6
SethGoodman Big Sandy8
Taylor & Sophi Davis Springdale 10