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Kansans Prepare to Compete Nationally

Last January, several members participated in the Young Farmers & Ranchers competitive events. The following members received the top prize in their respective contests and took home $500 and an all-expense paid opportunity to represent Kansas in the national competition. The national competition will take place at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in New Orleans, La. on January 11-14, 2019. 

Achievement Award

Mike & Sara Rosebrook are the state winners of the 2018 Kansas Young Farmer & Rancher of the Year Award, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income from their farm, demonstrate an ability to manage the operation well and actively engage in Farm Bureau and community leadership. Mike and Sara Rosebrook share in the ownership and operation of Mike’s family farm and ranch in Lincoln County, Kansas.  Mike works on the farm full time and also manages a custom application business.  Sara works p.r.n. as a Registered Dietitian at Salina Regional Health Center, part time performing secretarial duties at the ag retailer Crop Service and also helps Mike with his farm duties.  The Rosebrooks grow wheat, milo, soybeans, corn and alfalfa; manage a herd of beef cattle; and care for their most important asset - their children: Alison (9), Marissa (7) and Austin (6). Because of their state award, Sara will represent Kansas in the American Farm Bureau Achievement Award. 

Excellence in Agriculture Award

Matt and Mindy Young are the state winners of the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income off the farm and are influential advocates for agriculture in their community. The Youngs own and operate a diversified row crop, hay, and livestock operation in Atchison County, which started with an opportunity to buy out Matt's father's machinery line and rent his family's land. In 2009, Matt and Mindy purchased their first farm and have continued to add rented acreage to their operation. They currently rent land in four counties. Matt is a K-State Research & Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agent in Brown County. Mindy is an online agriculture educator for Highland Community College and her own rural lifestyle web site: www.farmfitliving.com. She teaches fitness classes at the local YMCA, cares for their two girls and manages the day-to-day livestock care. The Youngs are the parents of two daughters, spunky, tractor-loving Mylee, and her younger, fast-running,chicken-chasing sister, Maci.

YF&R Discussion Meet

Jackie Mundt is the state winner of the 2018 YF&R Discussion Meet, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers for their ability to analyze a topic, think critically about potential solutions and work cooperatively with their peers to find a plausible way forward.

National Awards

Youngs, Sara and Jackie will compete for generous prize packages, thanks to many sponsors of the national competition. The top four in each of the AFBF YF&R competitions will take home the following:

  • Winner - a new Ford truck or vehicle of equal value and paid registration to the AFBF FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin courtesy of Ford. 
  • Second Place - Case IH Farmall 50A tractor, courtesy of Case IH.
  • Third Place - Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH plus $2,000 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin), courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
  • Fourth Place - Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.

See the prize package flyer here.

2019 Kansas YF&R Competitive Events

Interested in competing for your chance to represent Kansas nationally in 2020? Find information about the events, applications and deadlines here.