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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 Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at various locations throughout the county.

YF&R 2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Congratulations to the five YF&R 2017 Scholarship Recipients: Amber Stine, Elsa Naranjo, Emma Juchau, Katie Driver and Kevin Keenan!

Amber Stine
Amber is currently attending Woodland Community College (WCC) to obtain a degree in Animal Sciences. Amber has plans to attend WCC to earn her Associate’s degree in Animal Science and later transfer to UC Davis to earn a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science leading to her earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis. Amber is currently involved in a leadership program called All Leaders Must Serve where she is learning about significant soft skills that are going to later benefit her in the workforce. Amber first realized she was interested in livestock health when her aunt asked her to help deliver a kid goat which heavily influenced her decision to go into the veterinary field. After that, Amber raised a lamb for fair which taught her the huge amount of responsibility and endless opportunities the animal science industry could provide her.

Elsa Naranjo

Elsa is currently attending Oregon State University to pursue a degree in Ag Business. Elsa hopes to give back to the agricultural industry as they have provided so much to her and by expanding the agricultural industry one person at a time, she feels she is doing her part as she begins to enter the agriculture industry workforce. In 2015 Elsa and her horse judging team were the California State FFA champions which led the team placing fourth at the National FFA Competition for horse judging. This taught Elsa how to personally excel and eventually thrive in a career after obtaining her degree.

Emma Juchau

Emma is currently attending Colorado State University to study Equine Science. Before attending Colorado State University Emma was a member of the Davis FFA Chapter where she had her share of showmanship with market animals. She also served as the Davis FFA Chapter President for one year where she was honored with the Outstanding Chapter Member award. Emma was also enrolled in classes at Woodland Community College while finishing her high school career. Emma has career aspirations to follow the career path of equine-assisted therapy. Choosing Colorado State University was the greatest sense of relief for Emma knowing they have classes geared specifically toward equine-assisted therapy. She will be able to earn her PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree.

Katie Driver

Katie is currently attending UC Davis to earn her PhD in Horticulture and Agronomy. Before attending UC Davis, Katie attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained her Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences. While Katie lived in Oklahoma she served as an Oklahoma FFA State Officer which has been one of her most meaningful accomplishments. Katie’s career aspiration is to be an agricultural researcher in some capacity. She has held positions throughout her academic career in both, industry and academia and has seen a need for researchers in both sectors. Katie has accomplished a lot in her Extra-Curricular Activities and Community Involvement that have led her to where she is today!

Kevin Keenan

Kevin was also rewarded the Charlie Rominger Scholarship earlier this year for his outstanding achievements. Kevin was a member of the Woodland High School FFA Chapter for four years earning his state degree. Kevin also competed at the state level for agronomy and his team became the state champions. It was the FFA organization that made Kevin realize he desires a career in the agricultural industry. Kevin’s career aspirations are to obtain his PCA certification and become a pest control advisor. Kevin is already on his way to achieve that goal attending Chico State University to major in plant science. Mr. Delsol, Kevin’s FFA Advisor has been a factor in Kevin’s career choice as he has encouraged him to apply his knowledge and skills to a career option that would be financially beneficial as well as something Kevin would enjoy – leading him to pest control advisor.

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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