Young Farmers

 

Newton County’s Young Farmer Representatives are Sara and Josh DeYoung.

Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer program was created to help young men and women capitalize on the opportunities and overcome the challenges in the agriculture industry by becoming stronger leaders and more dynamic voices in their local communities.

What is the Young Farmer program?

Do you work in agribusiness or production agriculture? Do you have strong ties to your family farm operation or are you a beginning, first generation farmer? Are you an ag student or do you just have an interest in the agriculture industry? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer program may be just the right fit for you!

As an integral component of Farm Bureau, the Young Farmer Program assists in the development of tomorrow’s agricultural leaders for roles in Farm Bureau, government and the community.

To qualify for participation, you must be between the ages of 18-35 and a Farm Bureau member.

Why Should You Be Involved with the Young Farmer Program?

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Network with other young farmers in the state.
  • Educational opportunities.
  • Develop and activate programs at the county and state level.
  • Participate in award programs Indiana Young Farmer Program.

Activities

  • State Young Farmer Committee: A two-year opportunity to represent your district on the state Young Farmer Committee. National networking, leadership development and travel opportunities are a small part of this experience.
  • Young Farmer Leadership Conference: Offers educational opportunities, networking and fun with fellow young leaders and is held the last weekend in January.
  • Young Farmer Summer Social: To provide an opportunity for networking and fellowship with young farmers from across the State as well as showcase the Great Indiana State Fair.
  • District and county activities: Provides various activities including pedal tractor pulls, cattle shows, 4-H and FFA mentors, fair activities, baseball games, educational trips and farm safety training. These activities vary greatly and have endless possibilities.
  • National Young Farmer & Ranchers Conference: Offers educational opportunities, fun and fellowship with young leaders from around the country.
  • Collegiate Farm Bureau: Offers opportunities for students in leadership and engagement, encompassing career development, service learning, scholarship assistance and professional networking. There’s more to being a collegiate Farm Bureau member than being a student.
  • Feeding America: Farmers and farm families from around the state help feed Indiana’s hungry during the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference’s “Kids Against Hunger” volunteer activity each year. In addition, many Indiana county Farm Bureaus participate in local food drives, raise money, donate goods and volunteer at local food banks and community shelters to help end hunger in Indiana.

Award Opportunities

  • Outstanding County Young Farmer Program: Recognizes outstanding county young farmer programs for community outreach and involvement, award participation and local young farmer activities. The top overall county is awarded a trip to attend the National Young Farmer and Rancher Conference. Application requires a signature from the county president.
  • Discussion Meet: Participants will acquire a better understanding of how people think in groups for the purpose of solving problems through discussing modern agricultural issues.
  • Excellence in Agriculture Award: Recognizes young farmers who do not derive the majority of their income from a farming operation. Participants are judged on their involvement in the agriculture industry, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations.
  • Achievement Award: Recognizes outstanding young farmers whose farm management techniques and their commitment to their community set a positive example to those involved in agriculture. Applicants must derive the majority of their income from a farming operation and are judged on their leadership involvement and farm management techniques.