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Helping young farmers achieve the American Dream

Producing a valued commodity, working on the land, being your own boss—these are all things that make farming a new version of the American Dream for a lot of young adults. Given that the average age of the American farmer is 58, that’s not a bad thing. That’s why the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Committee works with several programs that help beginning and young farmers get established in the industry. 




Three Virginia young farmers receive national honors

For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.



Washington County farmer receives national recognition

Mindy McCroskey of Washington County recently was named runner-up for the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. The competition took place at the 2016 Annual AFBF Convention, held Jan. 10-13 in Orlando, Fla.



Bedford and Nottoway County farmers honored for environmental practices

Sam Gardner of Bedford County and John and Lydia Shepherd of Nottoway County have been named winners of this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Environmental Stewardship Award.



Augusta County man named Outstanding Young Farm Employee

Jack Kerr of Augusta County has been named the winner of the inaugural Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Outstanding Young Farm Employee Award.



Southampton County couple wins national Farm Bureau honor

Chris and Jennie Simms of Sedley were named winners of this year's American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award.




Va. couple wins national Farm Bureau honor

Scott and Mendy Sink of Blacksburg were named winners of this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award.



Pulaski County couple wins Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award; Pittsylvania couple are runners-up

Jason and Paige Pratt of Pulaski County have been named this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture Award winners.