Young Farmers & Ranchers

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The American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to surface, grow and develop young Farm Bureau members and provide them opportunities and experiences to strengthen their leadership and ensure effective Farm Bureaus.

The program is focused on personal growth in the following areas:

  • public speaking
  • issue advocacy
  • business development
  • networking
  • service leadership
  • media training 
  • telling the story of agriculture

Meet AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee member Jocelyn Anderson from California.

The Young Farmer and Rancher program continues to develop strong leaders in the agriculture community by providing individuals with opportunities to grow their network, expand their knowledge of the industry, and gain advocacy training.
—  Alisha Schwertner, 2022 Chair


On the third Monday of each month, YF&R CONNECT provides professional development and networking opportunities to members from around the country. This is a casual setting to touch base with other agriculturists while gaining exposure to top-notch presenters and hearing information about hot topics in agriculture, Farm Bureau and learning about resources available.

For more information or to register for these virtual meetings, email

Meet AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee members Jam & Kenny McFarland from Utah. 


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