The Washington Farm Bureau 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 provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.

 

2021 Photo Contest+

Every year all year long submit photos for a chance to win $100 in each category! For complete rules and details please see the document below.

Contest Rules  Icon: PDF

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 Galbreath

State Committee

Adams
Kallie Harder

Clark/Cowlitz
Stacey Righter

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

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. 
Winner of Collgiate Discussion Meet will receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in 2022!!
The winners of the other awards will receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP to the 103rd Annual American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta Georgia in January 2022!!
National Competition Prizes include:
2022 Ford F-150
Case IH Tractor
DeWalt Tool Set
Cash Money

If you have any questions or need more information please contact our YF&R State Coordinator Caleb Gwerder: cgwerder@wsfb.com 

Achievement Award

Designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement. These leadership skills, learned and already established, can help improve various levels of Farm Bureau committees, policy and legislative efforts.

Excellence in Agriculture Award:

Designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers, while actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture, to earn recognition. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service, and community).

Discussion Meet: 

Designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected, the competition presents questions and other current issues facing Farm Bureau and the agriculture industry on a national level.

Achievement Award Application  Icon: PDFAchievement Award Rubric  Icon: PDFDiscussion Meet Questions  Icon: PDFDiscussion Meet Best Practices  Icon: PDFExcellence in Ag Application  Icon: PDFExcellence in Ag Application Rubric  Icon: PDFExcellence in Ag Presentation Rubric  Icon: PDF

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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