Contest offers prizes for agriculture excellenceThe Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture contest deadline is September 15.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture contest deadline is September 15.
The Excellence in Agriculture contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to earn recognition while actively contributing to the agriculture industry and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.
The Excellence in Agriculture contest 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. Interviews will take place on November 20 at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park. In order to be eligible, contestants must be ages 18-35.
State winners in each contest will receive $500 plus an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, January 9-12, 2011. Once there, state winners will compete for the national title and several prizes. State winners also earn a trip to the MFBF YF&R Leadership Conference, January 28-30, 2011 in Duluth and will have the opportunity to take part in the 2011 MFBF Young Farmers Washington, D. C trip.
For more information on the contest, visit www.fbmn.org, click on programs, then Young Farmers & Ranchers.
Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. For more information, go to the website, www.fbmn.org.