Alachua County Farm Bureau
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Programs

Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

Alachua County Young Farmers & Ranchers committee members are active members between the ages of 18-35. Our members participate in many county, state, and national activities.

Florida YF&R Leadership Group – This program develops and refines participants’ leadership abilities so they will be better prepared to become increasingly involved in Farm Bureau at the local, state, and national level. The Florida Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Group is a dedicated group of individuals who have committed to a two-year program which offers educational, professional and leadership development. The primary objective of the program is to build a more effective organization, which will preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture. Alachua County participants:

  • 2014-2016: Justin & Tiffany Ingle
  • 2012-2014: Barton Wilder
  • 2010-2012: Emily Eubanks
  • 2008-2010: Edward Bell

Achievement in Agriculture Award Program – The Florida Farm Bureau Federation Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority. The YF&R Achievement Award is presented annually at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in October. 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.

Judges will be looking for excellence in management, growth and the scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that has been displayed throughout the operation. A contestant’s participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations is a definite point getter from the judges.

Excellence in Agriculture Award Program – The Florida Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award Program is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and 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).

  • 2011: Emily Eubanks (National Top 10 Finalist)
  • 2010: Emily Eubanks (State Winner)

Discussion Meet Program – The 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. The State Discussion Meet takes place annually during the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

Women’s Committee – The Farm Bureau Women’s Committee was established to aid the organization in its efforts to effectively use women’s talents to achieve the goals and objectives of the Farm Bureau Organization. Committee Members are a dedicated group who work to ensure the ideals of Farm Bureau are upheld.

Farm City Week – Farm City Week is the celebration of the relationship between rural residents and “city folk”. It is a chance for Alachua County residents to explore some of the experiences that come with life on the farm.