Excellence in Agriculture Contest Information

The 13th 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, September 26, 2014. All young farmers are invited to attend the Young Farmers Fall Agriculture Tour at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clarksville, Tennessee on September 26-27, 2014.

All applications must be in the Special Programs Division or postmarked by Tuesday, September 2nd. 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 PowerPoint Presentation, and begin by giving the presentation to the young farmers and county Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Remember the application counts 400 points and the presentation counts 200 points.

The top ten applicants will present a presentation on Friday night, September 26. Please review the attached rules and guidelines. The top five state winners and awards will be announced at the Young Farmers Dinner on Saturday evening, September 27. The John Deere Gator will be presented by Farm Credit on Sunday evening, December 7th at the Young Farmer Awards Banquet during state convention in Franklin.

The State Winner will receive a $500 cash award from Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies (TFIC), $500 cash award from Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, $500 in Farm Bureau Services, a John Deere Gator from Farm Credit, a trip to the AFBF Convention and AFBF/YF&R Leadership Conference in 2015, and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences.

The 2nd Place Winner will receive $300 from TFIC, a trip to the AFBF Convention and AFBF/YF&R Leadership Conference, and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences. The 3rd Place Winner will receive $200 from TFIC; 4th Place Winner will receive $100 from TFIC; and 5th Place Winner will receive $100 from TFIC.

The Top Five State Finalists will each receive $300 from Tennessee Farm Bureau. All contestants will each receive $200 from Tennessee Farm Bureau. All contestants must attend the Young Farmer Fall Agriculture Tour and Awards Banquet to receive any cash awards.

The Young Farmer participation is the key factor in determining the success of our Young Farmers Program. The success depends entirely on the involvement of county Farm Bureaus. We encourage every county to participate in the Excellence in Agriculture Contest this year. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Strasser or your Regional Field Service Director. There are young farmers in each county and it is to our benefit to get them involved in Young Farmers and Farm Bureau.

The National Winner will receive a choice of either a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 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.