Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for the Farming for the Future Award, Discussion Meet and the Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award.
Farming for the Future Award
The Farming for the Future Award judges participants for their on the farm work, goals for the future, leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations. Applicants derive a majority of their income from on-farm production agriculture.
Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award
The Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award judges participants on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations. Applicant(s) for this award must derive a majority of their income from an off-farm job. Examples would be an agriculture teacher, fertilizer salesperson, veterinarian, farm employee, agricultural writer or marketer.
The YFA Discussion Meet gives a young member an opportunity to demonstrate his or her speaking skills on agricultural-related topics. A contestant is judged on his or her problem-solving skills as he or she discuss timely topics with colleagues.
35 Under 35
The 35 Under 35 program recognizes and celebrates the creativity and innovation of young farmers and agriculturists who are preserving agriculture through leadership in environmental, social and economic practices. This is the inaugural year of the program developed by the YFA committee.