The Young Farmer and Rancher Program provides an excellent opportunity for young farmers, men and women ages 18-35, to actively participate in Farm Bureau programs. The objective of this program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.
The program offers opportunities in:
- Leadership Development
- Legislative Awareness
- Educational Conferences
- Networking with farmers
- Competitive events
- Involvement in FB programs
We are trying to build this into a bigger, more dynamic program because today’s Young Farmers are the future of Maine Farm Bureau and agriculture in Maine. We are constantly looking for more members to continue and strengthen the success of our programs. Please contact us if you would like to participate or find out more about our activities. We welcome any suggestions for programs you would like to see implemented.
Throughout the next year, with the assistance and support of our new executive director, the leadership, and many others, I will be seeking young farmers from all around the state of Maine that would like to participate on the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. I took the reins in February and have talked with former committee chairs, members, and parents of past members to get a feel of what this committee has been in the past and what we will be in the upcoming years. An active committee will not happen overnight. Those that are interested in becoming a member of the YF&R Committee can have the membership fee waived if you are a first time member under the age of 35 years old. Hopefully, after reading about the convention I attended there will be interest as this is only one of the many benefits that will come from being a part of the Maine YF&R Committee. For more information regarding the committee please feel free to reach out to me Nick Smith, Young Farmer and Rancher Chair, at 207-701-8511 or at YFR@mainefarmbureau.com.
The Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee had coffee and pastries with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Walter Whitcomb, on December 10th at the Maine Farm Bureau office from 10 o’clock to 12 o’ clock. Topics discussed included the Commissioner’s career in agriculture,agricultural policy, the importance of understanding how government works at the town, state and federal level and a brief history of the dairy and poultry industry from his perspective. He concluded with how essential it is that we as young farmers become informed and maintain active involvement with how agricultural policy is created as it impacts our farm businesses and our rural way of life. When it comes to agricultural policy, a strong Farm Bureau to advocate on farmer’s behalf is critical. Those in attendance had the opportunity to speak with Commissioner Whitcomb about topics of interest before and after the event one on one. Thank you to all who attended “Coffee with the Commissioner”.
The Young Farmers will be in attendance at the 2017 Agricultural Trades Show and getting together again this winter. We encourage anyone that is interested or those that have questions about the YF&R Committee to contact the YF&R chair Nick Smith.