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. 

Achievement Award

John Buttenhoff is the state winner of the 2020 Kansas Young Farmer and 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. As a fourth-generation farmer, he along with his wife, Ginny, and their kids, farm around three thousand acres of wheat and row crops. Buttenhoff is very involved in his County Farm Bureau, as he is currently serving on the Board of Directors and has also held Vice President and President roles. Both John and Ginny are very involved in various community service projects, as well as serve on church and school boards. 


Excellence in Agriculture Award

Jackie Mundt is the state winner of the 2020 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. Jackie is the Communications and Marketing Manager at Kanza Cooperative Association, the largest agri-business co-op in the state, giving her a broad base of experience in communications, agronomy, policy leadership and education. She also currently serves on the Pratt County Board of Directors and holds leadership roles as the Pratt Community College Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter Advisor and the co-advisor for the 4-H Ambassador program. Outside of her career and leadership, she helps her significant other on his farm of dry-land, irrigated crops and cow-calf operation.

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.

National Awards

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.