Young Farmer & Rancher

Our Young Farmer & Rancher program provides opportunity for young men and women ages 18-35 interested in agriculture to enhance their leadership skills and learn more about Farm bureau as an organization. It gives them the opportunity to compete in various contests hosted by American Farm Bureau both on the State and National level. It is also very family oriented and gives them an opportunity to connect with other farm families at social outings.


KY Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference – Features many items of interest for young farmers and their families. A weekend long conference, filled with educational workshops, motivational speakers and tours of several local places of interest.

Young Farmer Futures Seminar – A two-day workshop designed to help young farmers gain a better understanding of the futures markets and learn how to effectively utilize them in their operations.

Young Farmer Summer Outing – 2015 Young Farmer Summer Outing, July 10 & 11, 2015, in Pikeville, Kentucky

IFAL - Institute for Future Agriculture Leaders (available for Juniors in High School to spend a week at UK or Murray State during the summer visiting the agricultural campuses and talking with Professors and other students.  They also work on team building exercises. Contact our office from more information.


Outstanding Young Farm Family – Young farmers who have achieved a measure of financial success, and exhibited strong leadership potential, are candidates for the annual OYFF competition. Valuable prizes await state and national winners, the survivors of a process that begins at the county level.   Link to Application

Discussion Meet – This competitive event tests entrants’ ability to discuss current farm issues in a panel setting, and respond to differing points of view.   Link to Application

Excellence In Ag – Is designed as an opportunity for young farmers who are 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 and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service and community).   Link to Application

Committee Members

Danielle Milbern- Chair

Partick McNutt

Virginia McNutt

Brennan Gilkson

Serena Gilkson

Robert James

Jill Mahan

John James

Katie James

Sean Millard

Jennifer Millard

Patrick Robinson

Stacy Vincent

Jason Whitis

Gary Hilliard

UntitledCody Rakes, 2015 Winner of Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award