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The Young Farmers Program

The Alabama Young Farmers Program:

  • Develops leadership training and experience
  • Expands the varied interests of young, rural Alabamians 
  • Creates awareness of the problems that face today’s young farmers, and focuses on solutions to overcome these problems 
  • Promotes better understanding of agribusiness and current farm programs 
  • Broadens understanding about the organization, operation and policies of Alabama Farmers Federation
  • Gives Alabama’s young farmers the opportunity to have a voice in the largest farm organization in Alabama
  • Recognizes the achievements of young farmers

Young Farmer Events

Young Farmers Annual Business Meeting

During the annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation each year, delegates meet to elect State YF Committee members. All paperwork for the Young Farmers annual business meeting is due to the home office Nov. 1. 

Young Farmers Dinner at the Annual Meeting

During each annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Young Farmers hold a dinner and recognize the accomplishments of county Young Farmer programs as well as the State Young Farmers Committee.

About the Alabama State Young Farmers Committee

  • The State YF Committee is composed of one member from each of the 8 districts and two members at large — one from North Alabama and one from South Alabama.
  • The purpose of the State Young Farmers Committee is to develop leadership skills and work to strengthen county Young Farmer programs across the state.
  • Committee members are appointed for a two-year term.
  • In even numbered years, Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and the North at Large seat will be open for election. In odd numbered years, Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and the South at Large seat will be open for election.
  • Age of nominees must be ages 17-33 on December 1 of the year of election.
  • Committee members are selected by voting delegates to the Young Farmers Business Meeting held at the Annual Meeting each year. Voting delegate certification forms are due from counties by November 1 each year.
  • Those interested in serving on the State YF Committee must submit a letter of support from the county president by November 1.
  • Contact information for the current State YF Committee can be found on the bottom of this page.
Members of the 2020 State Young Farmers Committee (L-R):
Front Row: Luke Smelley (Hale County), Outstanding Young Farm Family winner; Kellee Griffith (Choctaw County), District 5; Chair Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County, District 7; Vice Chair Mitchell Henry of Lawrence County, North At-Large; Secretary Leah McElmoyl of DeKalb County, District 2; and Alabama Farmers Federation Young Farmers Division Director Jennifer Christenberry.
Back Row: Brady Peek, Limestone County, District 1; Chase Hammock, Talladega County, District 3; Evan Broussard, Hale County, District 4; Daniel Mullenix, Lee County, District 6; Spencer Williamson, Escambia County, District 8; Garrett Dixon, Lee County, South At-Large.

Contests

Excellence in Agriculture

This competition is designed for those individuals who are involved in agriculture, but do not earn more than half their income from production ag.

Candidates may compete as a married couple or as an individual. The competition consists of an application, a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation about your application and a 10-minute question and answer session.

Prior competitors have included Agriscience education teachers, Extension agents, NRCS employees, veterinarians, part-time farmers and ag lenders to name a few.

The 2020 Excellence in Agriculture winner will receive a zero-turn mower courtesy of Corteva Agriscience, a computer package from Valcom/CCS Wireless and an expense-paid trip to the national competition, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Finalists will all receive a prize from the Federation.

Applications are due June 1, and the competition is held at the Commodity Conference in August.

Outstanding Young Farm Family

Each year the State Young Farmers Committee, along with the Young Farmers Division, sponsors the Outstanding Young Farm Family program in order to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 18 and 35.

The goal of this contest is to recognize those who are doing an outstanding job on their farm and are serving in leadership positions in their communities and within the Federation. This contest is designed for those who have more than 50% of their income subject to normal production risk.

All three finalists receive a $500 Red Land Cotton gift card. The Outstanding Young Farm Family receives $35,000 toward purchasing a new Ford truck, courtesy of Alfa Insurance. They also receive a John Deere 825i Gator, sponsored by Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit, as well as a lease on a John Deere tractor provided by John Deere, Snead Ag, Tri Green Equipment and SunSouth.

The winner also receives an expense-paid trip for the national competition in January 2021. The remaining two finalists receive a $500 cash prize thanks to Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit. 

Applications are due by Jan. 15.

Discussion Meet

The Farmers Federation’s strength depends on its members’ abilities to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs.

This competition simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from participants. The competitors discuss pre-selected topics, and the participants receive the topics in advance. The four bases of general discussion are cooperation, constructive criticism, problem solving and communication.

The first round of competition is at the Commodity Conference in August, the second round is at the Annual Meeting in December. All four finalists receive a prize from the Federation. The 2020 Discussion Meet winner receives a four-wheeler courtesy of First South Farm Credit and an expense-paid trip to the national competition, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Applications are due June 1.

Collegiate Discussion Meet

A collegiate version of the discussion meet is held each November at Auburn University. Any student is welcome to participate. Check with the Auburn Young Farmers for more information.