Millennial farmers are a growing representation of the farming/ranching community. Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) is part of the Nevada Farm Bureau for young individuals who are both agriculture producers and enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
One of the many focuses of YF&R is spreading agricultural literacy throughout communities by helping to educate elementary school children around Nevada. YF&R is also a big contributor to the community with projects such as Harvest for All. Harvest for All provides food for people in need throughout our community this year the Nevada state YF&R committee raised more than $3,000. Douglas/ Carson City Farm Bureau collected 340 pounds of food to donate to their local community food bank.
This year the YF&R program is expanding to get a broader group of young individuals involved in agricultural advocacy. Churchill County is establishing a County YF&R Committee and inviting all YF&R members in the area to join in activities. The focus of this committee is to
engage all young members in participating and networking with others in the state.
According to Bailey Kelton, the University of Nevada, Reno is establishing their first Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers club. With membership on the rise we hope to raise awareness on agriculture advocacy, improve leadership and speaking abilities, as well as help prepare students for a better future in their agriculture careers.
Each year YF&R holds a discussion meet at the annual meeting where individuals build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explores how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.
Katherine Combs competed at the American Farm Bureau Federation National Convention this January representing Nevada exceedingly well. YF&R looks forward to their first Collegiate YF&R member competing at the National Leadership Conference in February.
The 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Leadership Conference will be coming to Reno February 16th-19th. This will give the Young Farmers and Ranchers of Nevada an opportunity to meet with industry leaders, enjoy informational sessions, and go on local tours. It also, gives attendees an opportunity to build their network with those from across the nation with similar interests and passions.
If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Bailey Kelton at the Nevada Farm Bureau at, email@example.com. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to attend a national conference in our home state. We look forward to seeing you in February.
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