Agriculture Leadership Programs
Young Farmer & Rancher Program
The purpose of the Texas Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Program is to identify, recruit and reward young people in agriculture all across the state. Through various involvement programs, young people between the ages of 18 and 35 have the opportunity to showcase their farm and ranch operations, highlight their agribusiness experience and discuss the problems facing agriculture through one of the YF&R contests. Young farmers and ranchers have the chance to meet other young producers, tour various areas of the state and learn about agriculture while attending the YF&R Fall Tour.
Young Farmer & Rancher Contests
Find information on all YF&R contests in this section. Information and applications are available for Outstanding YF&R, Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture, and Collegiate Discussion Meet contests.
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AgLead and FarmLead Programs
The AgLead program consists of twelve farm and/or ranch producer members aged 25-40. Participants are selected through an application process and come from throughout Texas. The two-year curriculum consists of: five Texas sessions; three out-of-state sessions: California, Chicago area, Washington, D.C.; and an international trip.
The objective of AgLead is to provide prepared agricultural leadership wherever they may end up serving, including political offices. The curriculum focuses upon political awareness, perspectives of the agribusiness community, producer interaction, and developing personal leadership skill sets. AgLead takes a further development step by delving into the international agriculture arena.
The FarmLead program is for participants aged 40 and above with a curriculum consisting of two Texas sessions and three out-of-state sessions: Chicago area, Washington, D.C. and California. The objective of FarmLead is to provide prepared agricultural leadership wherever they may end up serving, including political offices. The curriculum focuses upon state and national political awareness, perspectives of the agribusiness community, and developing personal leadership skill sets.
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AgLead and FarmLead Brochure
AgLead and FarmLead are intensive two-year programs which focus on improving personal and professional development skills of Texas agricultural producers. The next two-year program will begin accepting applications for participants in May 2012, with a deadline of Sept. 7. If you would like more information, contact Jamie Gipe at 254.751.8703.
Young Farmer & Rancher