August 4, 2006
Application deadlines are nearing for two of Texas Farm Bureau's top recognition awardsthe 2006 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Contest and Excellence in Agriculture Awards Program.
The Outstanding YF&R Contest is designed to reward exceptional young agricultural producers from across the state who depend on agriculture as their main income source. Excellence in Agriculture Awards are designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who are involved in agriculture but do not make the majority of their living from an operation they own.
All entry forms for both programs must be mailed directly to the Waco headquarters and received at the TFB offices by no later than Aug. 31, 2006.
In the YF&R applications, producers are asked to detail their farms or ranches, leadership activities, goals and plans for the future. They must be no older than 35 years as of Jan. 31, 2007, and they must be an active Farm Bureau member.
District YF&R winners are selected from each of the 13 Texas Farm Bureau Districts. That list of 13 is narrowed to three finalists, with the winner named at the Texas Farm Bureau annual membership meeting in Arlington this December. Part of the prize package includes an expense paid trip to the national Farm Bureau convention planned in Salt Lake City, Utah in January 2007.
Excellence in Agriculture contestants must be TFB members in good standing and younger than 36 years as of Jan. 31, 2007. Examples of eligible applicants include farm store managers, farm or ranch managers or people employed in similar types of agricultural enterprises.
Winners and runners-up are named at the annual state meeting in Arlington, and part of the top winner's prize package includes the trip to national convention in Utah.
Contestants may chose to enter either contest, but not both.
For application information, contact Coleburn Davis at 254-399-5037 or obtain an application online by visiting the Texas Farm Bureau website at www.txfb.org and clicking on the "Young Farmer & Rancher" link.