Excellence in Agriculture Award

The 16th Annual Tennessee Young Farmer & Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award Program will be conducted this year by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers on Friday, October 6, 2017.

All young farmers are invited to attend the Young Farmers Fall Agriculture Tour in Putnam and White Counties on October 6-7, 2017.

The Application& Entry Form, which includes the rules and guidelines for the program can be downloaded here. All applications must be in the Special Programs Division or postmarked by Friday, September 1st. Mail applications to: Dan Strasser, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Special Programs Division, PO Box 313, Columbia, TN 38402-0313. This date is necessary in order for the applications to be judged. All applications must be signed by the county Farm Bureau President. We recommend all applicants develop their Presentation, and give the presentation to the county Farm Bureau Board of Directors and local civic groups. Remember the application counts 80% and the presentation counts 20% of total score.

The top ten applicants will present a presentation on Friday night, October 6. The top five state winners and awards will be announced at the Young Farmers Dinner on Saturday evening, October 7. Farm Credit Mid-America will present the John Deere Gator on Sunday evening, December 3rd at the Young Farmer Awards Banquet during state convention in Franklin.

The state winner will receive a $1,000 cash award from Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies (TFIC), $500 cash award from Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, $1,000 in Farm Bureau Services, a John Deere Gator from Farm Credit, a trip to the AFBF Convention and AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in 2018, and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences for the coming year. The 2nd Place Winner will receive $600 from TFIC, a trip to the AFBF Convention and AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference, and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences for the coming year. The 3rd Place Winner will receive $400 from TFIC; 4th Place Winner will receive $200 from TFIC; and 5thPlace Winner will receive $200 from TFIC. The Top Five State Finalists will each receive $300 from Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. All contestants will each receive $200 from Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. All contestants must attend the Young Farmer Fall Agriculture Tour and Awards Banquet to receive any cash awards.

The National Winner will receive a 2018 truck to keep. This is a contest for young individuals or couples involved in agriculture, but not dependent on farming for the majority of their income. Applicants must have derived a majority of their income from a non-production agribusiness enterprise for the past three years. For example, a part-time farmer, Ag teacher, extension agent, farm employee, or a chemical salesperson would be ideal to enter this contest.