In February, 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 San Diego, California on January 8 - 13, 2021.
Excellence in Agriculture Award
YF&R Discussion Meet
Scott Thellman is the state winner of the 2020 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. Scott is a first-generation farmer and owner of Juniper Hill Farms LLC, a diversified agriculture operation in Douglas County. Thellman has a passion for organic and sustainable agriculture production, food systems and the economics of growing. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Farm Bureau and volunteers for various programs and events that the County Farm Bureau hosts for the local community.
John, Jackie and Scott 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 vehicle (up to a value of $35,000) and paid registration to the AFBF FUSION Conference in Portland, Oregon 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, a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Inc., plus $1,850 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, 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.
2021 Kansas YF&R Competitive Events
Interested in competing for your chance to represent Kansas nationally in 2022? Find information about the events, applications and deadlines here.