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Background Information

Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers are active agriculturists like you -- between the ages of 18 and 35 and involved in production, banking, business, and many other areas of the industry. Young Farmers & Ranchers develop leadership skills while volunteering time as active, vital members of the county Farm Bureaus.

As a member of Young Farmers & Ranchers, your voice will join those of your peers to speak out for agriculture. As you develop your skills and knowledge, your efforts will help Farm Bureau to effectively represent all farmers and ranchers.

Mutual Benefits

There are many returns for your time and effort as a Young Farmers & Ranchers participant.

You will have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on leadership training, and you will gain valuable insights into all aspects of agriculture. You will learn how to promote your commodity as well as your industry. You will learn about issues and how to resolve them.

You will also make valuable professional contacts. You will meet and work with your elected officials. You will make friends for life with other young people in agriculture who share the same interests and challenges that you face daily.

Legislative Awareness

California agriculture is the most diverse in the world, and as a result, public policy issues affecting our agriculture can be very complex. Farm Bureau needs young leaders like you to be involved in the legislative process. Young Farmers and Ranchers offers programs that give you that opportunity.

The Legislative Conference provides a one-day training at the State Capitol building and the opportunity to speak with legislators.

Social Activities

One aspect common to all Young Farmers & Ranchers activities is the opportunity to meet people. Whether you are participating on the county, state, or national level, there are others who share the same challenges and successes that you do. Social activities are where YF&Rs have fun and network at the same time!

How Do I Become Involved?

Contact the Yolo County Farm Bureau office at (530) 662-6316 or email the committee officers. Meetings are generally the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at various locations throughout the county.

YF&R 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Sammy Gonzales with parents and YF&R Chair Justin Rominger
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Congratulations to the three YF&R 2018 Scholarship Recipients: Jesse Corona, Payton Paschoal, and Ralph Samuel Gonzalez!

Jesse Corona
Jesse was a member of the Pioneer High School FFA Program for four years. Jesse was also awarded Outstanding Yolo County FFA Member. Jesse held many roles in his FFA Chapter, one of the biggest was serving as Regional Vice President for 23,000 members. Through the years in the FFA, Jesse has gained valuable knowledge and skills to be a productive agriculturalist and he wants to advocate for the agriculture industry and make a difference. Through the FFA and Agricultural Education, Jesse has developed a love and passion for the agriculture industry. Jesse plans on attending Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and major in Agricultural Sciences in the hopes of becoming an Agriculture Teacher. He hopes to give back in ways that his own teachers gave to him.

Payton Paschoal

Payton was a member of the Winters High School FFA Chapter for four years earning many awards/honors and most recently serving as the Yolo Section President. It was not only 4-H and FFA that assisted Payton in making her career choice, her lineage helped as well. After college, Payton would like to begin her career within an agri-financing or a crop marketing firm. She hopes to return to her rural hometown to continue her career and be influential in a community that provided so much for her through the years. Payton will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall, majoring in Agriculture Communications.

Ralph Samuel Gonzales

Ralph was a member of the Winters High School FFA Chapter for three years. Ralph received many honors and awards throughout high school – one of which being his FFA Chapter Degree! Ralph’s involvement in the FFA has been instrumental in his decision to pursue a career in engineering. Ralph did not know that participating in the FFA would be why he chose engineering as his career path but it has contributed many of the skills that will complement the engineering field. He has learned to fabricate, weld and drive a tractor. He participated in laying the foundation of a greenhouse for the FFA program as well as welding and fabricating a fire pit for the program. Ralph will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall to study Engineering.

YF&R Committee Officers

Justin Rominger

Justin Rominger

Miranda Driver

Miranda Driver

Vice Chair
David Lester

David Lester

Walkyhr Macy

Walkyhr Macy

Haley Seeger

Haley Seeger

Kurt Anderson

Kurt Anderson

Events Coordinator
Walker Ditrich

Walker Ditrich

Community Service
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