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Alachua County Farm Bureau Sponsors Programs to Benefit our Youth

Youth Speech Contest

Each year, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Program sponsors a statewide Youth Speech Contest. The contest has three levels of competition: County, District and State. Alachua County students who meet the criteria, below, should download and complete the form contained in the Youth Speech Contest Packet for 2019.

Youth Speech Contest Packet 2019

The form must be submitted no later than May 1, 2019 to to, or hand-carried or mailed to Peggi Justesen, Alachua County Farm Bureau, 16206 NW 163 Lane, Alachua, FL. 32615.

The winner of the County contest will compete in the District contest and the District winner then competes against the other seven District winners in the State competition, held October 31, 2019 at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting.

This Year’s Topic:

“Recent natural disasters have had a major impact on agriculture. How have these impacts affected consumers?”


  • Limit speech to 5 minutes +/ -30 seconds.
  • Must prepare and perform speech personally.
  • No visual aids such as PowerPoint presentations or posters permitted.
  • Must be a resident of Alachua County but needn’t be a Farm Bureau member.
  • Must be at 14 years of age and not over 18 years of age on or before September 13, 2019.

Prizes (county level competition):

  • First Place Winner – $150
  • Second Place Winner — $100
  • Third Place Winner — $50

County Contest: Takes place May 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at 16206 NW 163 Lane, Alachua, FL. 32615

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019


Each year the Alachua County Farm Bureau offers both academic and career/technical scholarships to graduating high school seniors whose families are Alachua County Farm Bureau members.  Students submit a completed Academic Scholarship Application along with their transcript, a 3×5 photo, two letters of reference on character and citizenship, a resume of school/community extracurricular activities and a 500 word essay entitled “A Blueprint for My Future”.

 The application submission deadline is usually in early spring with scholarships being awarded before high school graduation.

Pizza Party for Ag Literacy Day in the Classroom

Each year the ACFB sponsors a pizza party for an elementary school that promotes and participates in “Ag Literacy Day in the Classroom” by inviting a volunteer to read a specially chosen children’s book about agriculture to the class.


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These grants are made available to any teacher within the Alachua County School District who presents a detailed application effectively integrating agriculture into the students’ curriculum for that school year. Grants are made available in amounts of up to $500. The deadline for applications is scheduled for mid-Autumn with applications available in early September.  It is the goal of ACFB to currently have the application and description of the program specifics available at the start of the every school year.

Additional funding can be received through applications to the Florida & Farm Bureau and Ag In The Classroom Mini Grants. Funds from these two additional programs can be applied for consecutively using the same curriculum or project as the ACFB Mini Grant. Applications can be attained through their websites.


Agri Science Award

The purpose of Agri Science Awards Agri-Science app is to recognize and reward students who apply scientific principles to science projects related to agriculture or any science project that has a connection to Agri-Science which the student has entered into the Alachua Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Awards are given to applicants upon completion and submission of the ACFB application for additional judging of their regional science fair project based on scientific criteria and relevance to the Agri-Science field.

ACFB utilizes the same categories of Agri-Science that the Alachua Regional Science & Engineering Fair uses to identify submitted projects. Awards are given in both junior and senior divisions and include a certificate and a cash award. There are two categories for judging, a junior and senior division. Up to $500 may be awarded to those participants of the Alachua Regional Science & Engineering Fair for their project.

Youth Fair Transportation

Each year the ACFB provides bus transportation from Alachua County schools for field trips to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. These funds are available to elementary schools on a first come, first served basis. Schools are asked to submit the exact amount needed in their initial request so that funds can be made available to as many schools as possible.

Submission of the final bill for more than the funds allocated will be denied on this basis. Each year the Youth Fair and Livestock Show is scheduled for late winter or early spring. Written submission of the requested amount of funds can be forwarded via email or fax up to seven business days prior to the scheduled date of the event.

Youth Fair and Livestock Show Achievement Awards

These awards are presented to the Alachua County Farm Bureau members’ children who participate in the Livestock show. This award is developed to encourage and reward the youths in our community to take on the added responsibility and effort required in showing an animal at this show.

Participants fill out a simple application that asks which category the animal(s) fall into, that the student showed.  Application submission deadline falls in mid-to late spring.