Young Farmers & Ranchers Award Winners


 

Collegiate discussion meet winner - University of Tennessee at Martin student Rachael Wolters was the 2014 Collegiate Discussion Meet winner during this year's YF&R summer conference. The runner-up was Rachel Ralston of UT Martin.  A representative from each of the agricultural colleges, MTSU, UT Martin, UT, TTU, TSU and Austin Peay competed. This contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each college-age participant.

State discussion meet winner - Michael Shirley of Rutherford County was the 2013 Tennessee Discussion Meet winner. The state winner receives $1000 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, a lawn mower from Massey Ferguson and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention, the AFBF YF&R Leaders Conference and all TN YF&R Conferences.

Excellence in Ag winners - The Excellence in Agriculture contest is a great opportunity for agriculturists to showcase their farming operation, agriculture and Farm Bureau leadership activities through an application and presentation. Chuck Yoest and Jennifer Hatcher of Williamson County won the state Excellence in Ag contest during the YF&R Fall tour and were runners-up at the American Farm Bureau contest in January at the AFBF Convention. Chuck and Jennifer received a John Deere Gator donated by Farm Credit, and an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting in Nashville.

 

Young farmer Environmental Stewardship state winner - Rusty Grills from Dyer County was named this year's state winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award.  The state winner, in addition to the $400 they received as a district winner, receives a $1000 from TN Farm Bureau, an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau YF&R Leaders Conference and all TN YF&R Conferences.

 


 

Young Farmer state runner-up - Montgomery County's Jay Head was named this year's runner-up in the state competition for the Outstanding Young Farmer Achievement contest.  The runner-up receives up to $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, $1000 cash from TN Farm Bureau, an all expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences.

 

Young Farmer state winner - Greene County's Mark and Cindy Klepper were named this year's winners in the state competition for the Outstanding Young Farmer Achievement contest.  The Klepper family receives a year’s free use of a brand new Case/IH tractor up to 150 hours, $500 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, a fully loaded RTV to keep from Tennessee Farm Bureau, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Diego, California in January 2015, where they will compete for national honors with other state winners.

 

Young Farmer National winners - Brandon and Katherine Whitt of Rutherford County were named the American Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement winners. The rewards for being named are many. They get to choose either a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or 2014 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM. The Whitts will also receive paid registration to attend the 2014 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia in February.