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Young Farmer Program

Young Farmer Program

The Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer program develops new Farm Bureau and agricultural leaders and provides these members with an understanding of the organization’s philosophy and goals. The program identifies and serves the needs of young farmers, ages 18-35, to assist them in their personal and professional lives. The Michigan Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee consists of 16 volunteer members, one from each of Farm Bureau's 12 districts and four members-at-large.

In addition to Michigan Farm Bureau's social media networks, stay connected to Young Farmers.

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Young Farmer Program Features


Young Farmer Awards

Recognizing up-and-coming leaders in the ag community is critical to the future. The Young Farmer Awards program honors deserving individuals in four categories.

Young Farmer Awards
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Young Farmer Leaders Conference

Typically held in February, this event centers on young farmers’ professional and personal growth. The next event is planned for 2023... Stay Tuned For Details!

Young Farmer Leaders Conference
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Young Farmer Discussion Meet

One of the most popular Young Farmer programs, Discussion Meets are an opportunity to flex your public speaking, problem-solving and conversational muscles while discussing some of the most pressing issues facing agriculture.

Discussion Meet

State Young Farmer Committee

The Michigan Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee consists of 22 volunteer members, two from each of Farm Bureau's 11 districts. 

Committee members must be 18 to 35 years of age at the time of their appointment and be regular Farm Bureau members. They are nominated by Michigan Farm Bureau district directors and approved by the full board of directors. 

Roles and responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a committee of the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors representing young farmers 
  • Create and carry out the committee's goals and objectives
  • Plan, coordinate and evaluate statewide Young Farmer events and activities 
  • Relay information from the State Young Farmer Committee to county Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committees
  • Serve as a resource to county Farm Bureaus on Young Farmer-related issues
  • Encourage the development of county-level Young Farmer programs
  • The State Young Farmer Committee elects an executive committee, and the chairperson of that executive committee sits on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors as the Young Farmer representative.

Michigan Farm Bureau 2021 State Young Farmer Committee

  • District 1: Riley Brazo
  • District 2: Abby Vittore
  • District 3: Joe Packard
  • District 4: Daniela Dryer
  • District 5: Cody Ferry
  • District 6: Jade Edwards
  • District 7: Lane Grieser
  • District 8: Mitch Bigelow
  • District 9: Jeff Dreves
  • District 10: Erika Schunk
  • District 11: Jeremy Karsten
  • District 12: Jennifer Lytle
  • At-Large: Mitch Kline
  • At-Large: Kate Wernette
  •  At-Large: Joe Ankley
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Thank you to our Young Farmer Program Sponsor, GreenStone.