Young Farmers & Ranchers had a full slate of activities at the Washington Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Yakima November 18-20th, 2014. On Tuesday, our YFR State Committee President Bridget Coon hosted a workshop on social media. We set up our trade show booth and our Yeti raffle coolers – it was a great looking display that drew a crowd!
On Wednesday, the state committee met and reviewed this past year and discussed the opportunities for 2015. A new executive team for 2015 was elected. Congratulations to President Nicole Jansen (Franklin county) who will serve a 1 year term, Sydney Rathbun (Adams county) who will serve a two year term and 2nd Vice President Stacey Righter (Clark/Cowlitz) who will serve a three year term! We thanked Bridget for her years of service and diligence to her presidency as well as honored at the banquet that evening Keith and Laura Middleton (Franklin county) for their years of service and valuable input while on the state YFR committee.
We were fortunate to have April Mackie, our American Farm Bureau Federation YFR Representative from California with us for our YFR activities! The executive team facilitated a breakout session on “YFR – what’s in it for me?” followed by a breakout facilitated by April entitled “now what?”. Sessions were well attended focusing on how to develop county YFR programs and incorporate different personality styles.
Competitions were held and winners were announced!
Discussion Meet Winner – Amy Cable (Skagit county)
In the discussion meet competition it’s designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant.
Amy Cable is a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor in Mount Vernon. Beyond her time at school she does the accounting on her parent’s farm, Morrison Farms, and helps her husband raise broiler chickens and produce for their CSA program. Her specialties include livestock and floral design as well as speaking contests in FFA. Beyond work she likes spending time with friends and family, watching sports, getting crafty on Pinterest, and playing with her dog Reagan.
Amy receives $250 from Washington Farm Bureau YFR and an expense paid airfare and host hotel accommodations for her trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in San Diego, January 10-12th 2015, to compete in the national contest.
Collegiate Discussion Meet Winner – Kelsey Evans (Franklin county)
The collegiate discussion meet competition is specifically for collegiate students and is the same structure and questions as the discussion meet above.
Kelsey is a senior in Agriculture Technology and Production Management at Washington State University. She grew up in the Tri-Cities where her family farms, so agriculture is something she is very passionate about. She is excited to be a part of Young Farmers and Ranchers where she can continue to expand my knowledge in agriculture and gain more lifelong friends.
Kelsey receives an expense paid airfare and host hotel accommodations for a trip to the national FUSION Young Farmers & Ranchers combined Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennesse, February 13-16th, 2015 to compete in the national contest. She will also receive an embroidered Farm Bureau YFR jacket.
Young Farmers and Ranchers also culminated their raffle of the 3 Yeti cooler prize packs courtesy of Griggs Hardware in Pasco and the Washington Farm Bureau Service Company. The winners was drawn on November 20th! Congratulations to Jen Rathbun (Grant county), John Vanvalkenburg (Skagit county) and Doug Rathbun (Franklin county)!
We raised $3800 which will be used for our YFR state program! THANK YOU to all the bought a ticket and supported our program!
The Washington Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objectives of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau, while learning how to make the rural lifestyle enjoyable and profitable, and of course… have fun!
-Social & Professional Networking