Growing through action. Leading with service. Filling a demand.

Fueled by passion and hunger for knowledge and leadership. Young farmers and ranchers are cultivating the future. And Texas Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher program strengthens your impact.

Contests Overview

Highlight individual achievements. Discuss complex agricultural issues. Share your Texas agriculture story. And be rewarded.

Because actively contributing and growing in agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau has its benefits. Like cash prizes. And recognition for a job well done.

**The entry deadline for the Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher and Excellence in Agriculture Contests is June 15, 2019.

Find out more about the contests and the YF&R program in this brochure.

Contests proudly sponsored by
Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Contest Rules and Awards
Excellence in Agriculture Contest Rules and Awards
Discussion Meet Contest Rules and Procedures
Online Contest Entry Application Instructions
Online YF&R Contest Applications

Leadership Conference

Speakers. Tours. Networking. Get it all and more at the Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference.

2019 YF&R Leadership Conference information
Date: March 29-31, 2019 Program begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and concludes Sunday, March 31, at 11:45 a.m.
Location: Waco Hilton and Texas Farm Bureau Conference & Training Center
Registration: 3-6 p.m. on Friday, March 29

Learn more about: agricultural advocacy, food and health, YF&R activities, commodity updates, leadership development and tour local farms and ranches.

Click here for the agenda.

Registration closed.

Texas Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Collegiate Discussion Meet

Meet. Discuss. Win!

College students from across the state will compete March 29-31 in Texas Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet.

And competing has its benefits! The contest winner receives a cash prize and an expense-paid trip to represent Texas in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest.

Click here for the Discussion Meet manual and topics.

For more information on collegiate programs, contact Whit Weems at or call 254-399-5030.

Collegiate Discussion Meet

Fall Tour

Take the path less traveled. And learn about the diversity of agriculture in and around San Angelo. It’s a little education. And a whole lot of fun!

Save the date: Sept. 6-8, 2019.

Check back for more information on our 2019 Fall Tour later.

TFB's Fall Tour

Advisory Committee

Have a question about agriculture? Want to get more involved? Meet other young farmers and ranchers in your area and across the state?

Connect with one of 13 members of the Young Farmer & Rancher Advisory Committee. They can offer direction, provide information and share their experiences.

Message from the chair

“Young agricultural professionals—whether you farm or ranch, teach or own an agricultural business—are the future of Texas. The Young Farmer & Rancher program helps develop leadership skills and achieve personal and professional growth for all careers. Together, we can help each other grow and cultivate a strong foundation for a prosperous tomorrow.”
—Melody Kneupper

Take advantage of a bright agricultural future. Learn to better yourself and your business. And inspire other young farmers and ranchers. To be innovative, resourceful and engaged.

You—young farmers and ranchers ages 18 to 35—are driving the future trends of agriculture. Get involved. And leave your mark on Texas agriculture.

Incentive Program

Texas Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Grow. Learn. And aspire. With other young farmers and ranchers. Cultivate a strong legacy of Texas agriculture. One that starts with you. Today.

And that can happen through the County YF&R Incentive Program. Create a County YF&R Committee. Learn about agriculture and Farm Bureau. And be eligible for the incentive awards.

To be eligible for the prizes, the criteria must be completed between Jan. 1-Oct. 31, 2019.

Click here for program details and an application.