The Washington Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program is comprised of young adults between the ages of 18-35 who share a passion for agriculture. The objective of the YF&R program is to provide leadership training in building a strong Farm Bureau and agriculture community for their future.

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2022 Photo Contest+

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2022 Summer Meeting+

All the summer meeting news and tour information.

Schedule:

Friday Evening June 10th
6:00pm – Mosby Farms Tour
7:00pm – Catered Dinner

Saturday:
Breakfast: Hotel or self
8:15am – Depart hotel for Charlie’s Produce
9:00am – Tour at Charlie’s Produce

10:30am – Depart for Tour 2

11:30pm-12:45pm – Pike Place Market Tour

1:00pm Lunch Pike Place Bar and Grill

2:30pm - Free Time and downtown activities

7:00pm – Mariner’s Game vs Boston Red Sox
Drive back to hotel

Sunday:
Breakfast: Hotel or self (snacks provided throughout meeting)
8:30am – Meeting Starts
11:30am – Meeting Ends

Your $100 registration fee will cover:
Dinner Friday night
Lunch Saturday 
Seattle Underground Tour Saturday Afternoon
Mariners vs Boston Red Sox Ticket Saturday Night
(Transportation to all tours and events are attendees responsibility)

Hotel:
The Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee has 20 rooms blocked at the Best Western in Auburn for two nights at a rate of $169/night.
Online Reservations: 
https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.48144.html?groupId=4X0BL5Z5
Phone Reservations:
Please contact hotel directly at 253-887-7600 and mention "Farm Bureau" when booking.
Reservation block expires on May 27th, 2022


Tours:

Mosby Farms
12754 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

President Rosella Mosby and her husband Burr will take us on tour through their fresh vegetable farm and packing facility. Mosby Farms has proudly grown top quality produce for the Puget Sound region since 1977. They are a family farm located in the heart of the Green River Valley, just outside of Auburn, Washington. They focus on providing produce to the Puget Sound Region and beyond and just like fine wines, you can taste the unique flavors of the vegetables, conventional and organic, grown and cared for in our rich Green Valley soils of the Pacific Northwest. Mosby Farms grows quality produce using safe cultivation practices while paying careful attention to how our vegetables are picked, handled and stored.

 

Charlie’s Produce
4103 2nd Ave s., Seattle, WA 98134

Charlie’s Produce packages and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables and distributes to stores from Seattle to San Diego. They also provide services for private label trail mix packaging and fresh squeezed organic juices. Charlie’s Produce has been delivering fresh ideas and fresh produce for over 40 years. They combine a passion for quality 

 

Pike Place Market
Pike St, Seattle, WA

The Pike Place Market has been a defining Seattle icon for more than a century. Considered by many “the soul of Seattle,” the Market spans nine historic acres in the center of downtown where everyday locals and tourists alike shop, visit, eat and discover. Founded in 1907, the Market is one of the oldest and largest continuously operating public markets in the United States and is brought to life by the hundreds of farmers, crafters, small businesses, and residents that call it “home”. Attendees will receive a private behind the scenes tour with the Marketmaster and learn about how the market works with farmers, opportunities to sell, and an extensive list of other services the market provides. 

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Coming Home to Farm - Online Course+

Coming Home to Farm

Nobody gets married thinking that they are going to get divorced, and nobody enters a business partnership with their family expecting there to be problems.  But too often it happens!  

The “Coming Home to Farm” masterclass is like a pre-marriage class that helps your family map out and avoid many potential landmines before successors “marry the farm”.

This weeklong course consists of a ten-minute video which is emailed to you daily, followed by a thought-provoking question that really makes you rethink your future.  If you answer the questions via email, Andy Junkin will sit down with you one on one via ZOOM to discuss how to apply the best concepts discussed in the course into your farm family’s unique business environment. If your entire family completes the course, he’ll sit down with everyone to facilitate a family meeting which will result in a positive change in your farm’s culture.  

The emphasis of this course isn’t “who gets what” or how to avoid paying taxes like other farm succession seminars you’ve attended.  It focuses on the fundamental question of “how are we going to work together over the next decade” and how are we going to gradually groom successors into a management role so that the farm is BULLETPROOF against anything by 2030? 

This course was initially designed for young farmers that are just returning home to the farm after college or careers.  However, several farm families who have been working together for many years have taken the course and found it to be a game changer to positively take their family working partnership from good to great.  

This course is in its third phase of a pilot project with Washington Farm Bureau and is FREE to WSFB members for the remainder of 2021.  To learn more, go to:  
https://agriculturestrategy.com/wsfb/

To learn more about the course and to see if it’s a fit for your family please call course instructor, Andy Junkin at: 
800-474-2057 
 

 

State Committee+

Officers

Chair
Christa Douglass
CDouglass@wilburellis.com

Vice Chair
Natasha Mendonca
Natasha.Mendonca@northwestfcs.com

WSU Collegiate
Hallie Sciera

State Committee

Adams
Kallie Harder

Clark/Cowlitz
Olivia Shulke

Chelan Douglas
Lonnie Kirk

Columbia/Blue Mountain
Garrett Warren

Franklin
Christa Douglass

Grant
Kayla Golladay

King Pierce
Jake Devaney

Kittitas
Kady Porterfield

Lincoln
Kelsie Knight

Lewis
Jack Mallonee

Snohomish
Cole Wiegand

Spokane
Matt LaShaw

Stevens
Alyssa Loveall

Whitman
Hallie Galbreath

Yakima
Jonathan Quigley

Program Coordinator
Caleb Gwerder
cgwerder@wsfb.com

  • Past Presidents
  • Kelsie Knight, 2019-2021
  • Stacey Righter, 2016–2018
  • Sydney Anderson, 2015–2016
  • Nicole Jansen, 2014–2015
  • Bridget Coon, 2013–2014

Competitive Events+

Purpose:

All competitive events help cultivate the up and coming grassroots of the Farm Bureau family. Business experience, leadership qualities and passion for farming help our organization prosper on the local, state, and national level. The future of agriculture depends on the investment of our youth within the farming community. 
 

New this year – YF&R competitions will be the Monday before Annual Meeting. Join us November 14th in Wenatchee for all competitive events. If you are interested in competing, contact YF&R State Coordinator, Caleb Gwerder, 360-357-9975 x138. Entries for competitions are due October 28, 2022.

 

Discussion Meet & Collegiate Discussion Meet: 
The competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. Participants are evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The contest builds basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues, and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

 

Achievement Award: 
Designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers who excel in their farming/ranching operations and are building their leadership abilities to superiority.

 

Excellence in Agriculture: 
Designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who derive the majority of the income from off-farm sources, but have grown their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture to have a significant impact on the industry. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service, and community). 

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Collegiate Groups+

Don’t wait to become active. Join YF&R as a college student! We currently have a chapter at Washington State University. For those of you who are Cougs, sign up and get active today! If you are attending a different college or university in Washington state, and are interested in starting a chapter at your school, contact YF&R Coordinator, Caleb Gwerder today.

Harvest for All+

COVID-19 has the world and communities reeling in numerous ways and because of its economic devastation, many people are finding themselves without jobs resulting in long lines and supply chain issues at food banks. Harvest For All is a national campaign that has been backed by the American Farm Bureau Federation for years.

Now, more than ever is time to help out your local food banks. Not only do they need food donations, but they also need volunteers. If you find yourself in a situation where you can help out, we ask that you take a picture of your receipt from your donation or time card and send it to waYFR.info@gmail.com. A copy of your receipt will be added to our state's annual total and be turned into AFBF at the end of the year. If possible, there is an emphasis on donating peanut butter to food banks because of its high level of protein and shelf stability.

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