Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers

Young Farmers are people just like you who have an interest in agriculture and who want to make a difference in Virginia’s largest industry and their local communities. Leadership skills are built through personal and professional development opportunities in an atmosphere that is fun and friendly. Young people, ages 18 to 35, from many backgrounds make up this fast-growing segment of Farm Bureau. Our YF members farm on a full or part-time basis, work in the agriculture industry or just want to become more involved in agriculture. Join today, and make a difference in tomorrow’s agriculture.

Young Farmers Committee

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  • Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 are eligible to serve on Young Farmers committees (Varies according to county Farm Bureau rules).

  • State Young Farmers Committee members are appointed by the Virginia Farm Bureau president.

  • State Young Farmers Committee members serve one-year terms and can serve four consecutive terms in 14 state districts.

  • Young Farmers Committee members plan for recruitment of new Young Farmers, plan and host annual events, conduct statewide contests and work toward increased involvement in Farm Bureau's grassroots process.

  • Committee members meet four to five times per year for planning and events and hold a conference call each month. In addition, members address issues through subcommittee meetings held primarily by teleconference or email each month.

  • Young Farmers Committee members often hold offices in county Farm Bureaus as Young Farmers chairmen, women’s committee chairmen, county board members, county presidents or various committee chairmen.

  • At the county level, county Young Farmers chairmen give a report of Young Farmers committee accomplishments at the county annual meeting.

  • County Young Farmers committees and groups work on local issues and help county Farm Bureau boards with agriculture education and outreach to the public, among other activities that are important locally

Leadership Recognition & Awards

Achievement Award

The Young Farmers Achievement Award recognizes young Farm Bureau members for their efforts and leadership in production agriculture, Farm Bureau and their community. The program helps to evaluate participants' farming enterprises, management efforts and vision for their future in agriculture, while recognizing these outstanding individuals for on-farm accomplishments.

For more information, please contact Ron Saacke.

Disussion Meet

Farm Bureau's strength depends on its members' ability to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. The Discussion Meet is an activity and contest designed to build these crucial skills in Young Farmers. By participating, Young Farmers 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.

For more information, please contact Ron Saacke.

Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young adult members who are actively involved in agriculture. Participants are judged on that involvement, as well as on demonstrated leadership ability and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organization.

For more information, please contact Ron Saacke.

Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award

The Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award recognizes a high school junior or senior for outstanding academic, community and agribusiness achievement. The award also encourages students to evaluate their progress and career goals and to strive for leadership opportunities and involvement in the agribusiness sector.

Outstanding Young Farm Employee Recognition

This recognition is for those young farmers, ages 18 to 35, who are successful farm employees with outstanding leadership in farming and the agricultural community, and for their commitment to production agriculture through their on-farm employment. The ideal nominee is an individual who works full time or part time on a farm, is not a majority owner in the operation, and has an impact on the overall farm success and owner profits on a daily basis.

Young Farmers Committee Districts

Young Farmer State Districts
State Chair Mindy McCroskey

Mindy McCroskey

State Young Farmers Chair

District 4 Johnathan Wood

Jonathan Wood

District 4

Marcus & Sara Smith

Marcus & Sara Smith

District 5

District 7 Glen & Amanda Dye

Glenn & Amanda Dye

District 7

District 10 Will & Becky Roberts

Will & Becky Roberts

District 10

District 11 Lindy Tucker

Lindy Tucker

District 11

District 13 Nick Moody

Nick Moody

District 13

District 14 Kyle Sturgis

Kyle Sturgis

District 14

At-Large Chirs & Patricia Haskins

Chris & Patricia Haskins

Member at Large

Immediate Past Chair Grant & Jessica Coffee

Grant & Jessica Coffee

Immediate Past Chair

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