Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmer Contest

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The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applications for its Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award Program.

The award program is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who are between the ages of 18 and 35 and have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and possess excellent leadership skills. Ideal candidates for the honor include an individual or couple deriving a majority of income from production agriculture.

Contestants will be evaluated on a combination of farming operation growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and participation in community service. Judges will be looking for excellence in management, leadership development and the scope of the enterprise and initiative displayed by the applicants.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 31.  Winners will be announced at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach in October. Winners will receive a new Chevrolet Silverado truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Tex., where they will represent Florida in the national YF&R competition.

Applicants should visit http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/programs/young_farmers_ranchers/contests  to download an application, Powerpoint® template and additional rules and information.

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