Promoting the future of local agriculture.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) is an integral part of Tennessee Farm Bureau, with county committees established throughout the state. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to become involved. YF&R members are hard-working agriculture professionals dedicated to developing their leadership skills and empowering others to become actively involved in agriculture advocacy, promotion and education.
To promote professional and personal development that advances the professional field of agriculture by providing a forum for networking, recognition and volunteer opportunities within the agricultural community. To provide resources and education on food and fiber production to our local community. And to protect or industry and lifestyle by being actively involved in local, state and national legislation.
Chair - Colin Miller
Vice Chair - Laura Vaught
Secretary - Jessica Howland
Treasurer - Lindsey Parsley
Reporter - Jessica Schriver
Advisor - Marvin Whitworth
The objectives of this organization are to promote leadership and training through the following:
“I live for those who love me,
For those who know me true,
For the heaven that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit too.
For the Cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance, For the future in the distance,
And the good that I can do.”
- George Linnaeus Banks
RED - For the courage it takes to face the problems of life.
GREEN - For the privilege of living among God’s green things in the great out-of-doors.
WHITE - Purity of ideals and purposes.
The rose represents the four areas of emphasis in YF&R. They are recreation, organization, service, and education. The first letter of each of the four areas when put in the order spell ROSE.
This contest is designed as an opportunity to earn recognition for Young Farmers & Ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation, while actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture. 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). The contest is held each year during the YF&R Fall Tour in September. Applications are due by September 1. The winner of the state contest receives a variety of prizes, including an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in January to compete in the national contest.
The purpose is to recognize outstanding environmental stewardship efforts of Tennessee young farmers, in addition to increasing public awareness of the agricultural community's commitment to environmental stewardship by publicizing winners' accomplishments. The program is also an additional incentive for environmental action. Applications are due mid-June and the award is given at the Tennessee Young Farmers Conference held in July.
The John Willis Family and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers provide a college scholarship to a college sophomore, junior or senior. The award is presented each year at the Tennessee Young Farmers Conference held in July. Applications are normally due mid-June. This is a great opportunity for agriculture students to receive funds to help pay their registration fee or purchase textbooks. Please help us promote this scholarship.
This contest recognizes Tennessee Farm Bureau's top young farm and ranch family or individual each year at Tennessee Young Farmers Conference held in July. Applications are normally due mid-May. The award is judged on involvement in the community and Farm Bureau, as well as the quality of the contestant(s) farming operation and leadership activities. The winner receives a variety of prizes, including an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in January to compete in the national contest.
The YF&R Discussion Meet is a panel-type discussion in which YF&R are judged on their ability to express ideas and opinions on the hottest issues in agriculture. Participants attempt to influence each other by posing and answering questions with the goal of reaching a solution to a stated problem facing agriculture. The winner of the contest, which is held at state convention in December, wins some great prizes and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention to compete in the national contest. There is also a college level in this competition. and ranch family or individual each year at Tennessee Young Farmers Conference held in July. Applications are normally due mid-May. The award is judged on involvement in the community and Farm Bureau, as well as the quality of the contestant(s) farming operation and leadership activities. The winner receives a variety of prizes, including an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention in January to compete in the national contest.