YF&R Awards

Dedication, hard work, and determination – it isn’t an easy task but young farmers and ranchers are taking on the challenge ahead: producing enough food for a growing population. Farm Bureau wants to recognize those accomplishments and reward you for your dedication to agriculture and personal growth.

Nebraska Farm Bureau gives three awards annually to exceptional Young Farmers & Ranchers. Nebraska Award winners receive $500 and an expense paid trip to the national YF&R competition at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

National award winners will be eligible for thousands in additional prizes and money.

Applications are due September 16.

For more information or to apply please email Audrey Schipporeit.

Achievement Award

The YF&R Achievement Award is geared towards full time farmers and ranchers – individuals or couples involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. It is your opportunity to share your accomplishments in production agriculture and your leadership achievements.

The awards are judged on 4 individually weighted categories:

  • Farm Operation and Growth
  • Financial Progress of Operation
  • Farm Bureau Leadership
  • Other Leadership
Excellence in Agriculture Award

Farm Bureau knows it isn’t just the farmers and ranchers who are protecting the future of agriculture. Everyone, from ag instructors to seed salesmen, are helping keep agriculture alive and well. The YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award is your opportunity to be recognized for actively contributing to the agriculture industry and growing through your involvement in Farm Bureau. This award for individuals or couples who do not receive a majority of their income from production agriculture.

This award is judged on 8 different point categories including:

  • Ag involvement and impact
  • Ag Issues explanation and impact
  • Farm Bureau Experience
  • Other Leadership Experience
  • Content and Delivery of Presentation
Discussion Meet

You might not have all the answers, but discussing current agriculture issues with other young farmers & ranchers could find the solution. Your role is simple – tell everyone what you want to accomplish, engage in a 25-30 minute discussion by asking questions and providing ideas, and finally summarizing the discussion and solution the group has reached. If you enjoy being up to date on current ag issues, the Farm Bureau policies involving them, and are able to clearly articulate your points and bring a group to a consensus – then you should check out the questions that will be discussed at this next YF&R Conference.

Current Winners

Tyler and Alysha Ramsey
Adams/Webster County
Previous Winners

Alec Ibach
Buffalo County
2021 Winner

Randy and BrenDee Reinke
Antelope County
Previous Winners