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. Tools you can use. And recognition for a job well done.

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 Award Program Rules and Awards
Discussion Meet Program 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 a tentative agenda.

Must register by Wednesday, February 27.
Click here to register.

Texas Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Collegiate Discussion Meet

Meet. Discuss. Win!

Brush up on your knowledge of agricultural topics and join other college students from across the state March 29-31 for Texas Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet.

You’ll build discussion and critical thinking skills. And develop a better understanding of issues facing farmers and ranchers.

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.

Click here for more information. Applications are open for the 2019 Collegiate Discussion Meet contest.

Texas Farm Bureau members can register here.

Non-Texas Farm Bureau members can receive a registration packet by e-mailing Whit Weems at or calling 254-399-5030.

Collegiate Discussion Meet

Fall Tour

Take the path less traveled. And learn about the diversity of Brazos Valley agriculture. It’s a little education. And a whole lot of fun!

Check back for more information on our 2019 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 chairman

“Agriculture is more than crops in the field and livestock in the pasture. It’s the families of the land and agricultural businesses. It’s the relationships cultivated along the way—building a strong foundation for a prosperous tomorrow. Young farmers and ranchers are doing that every day. We’re the future, and together, we’re growing Texas.”
—Colt Christian

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-Dec. 31, 2018.

Click here for program details and an application.