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 Austin, TX on January 17 - 21, 2020. 

Achievement Award

Scott Thellman is the state winner of the 2019 Kanas Young Farmer and Ranches 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 first-generation farmer and owner of Juniper Hill Farms LLC, a diversified agricultural operation located in Douglas County, KS, Scott Thellman has a passion for organic and sustainable agricultural production, food systems, and the economics of growing. On the farm, he focuses his time on their sixty acres of vegetables, 1,000 acres of diversified crops, and their post post-harvest handling systems.


Excellence in Agriculture Award

Keith and Jeri Geren are the state winners of the 2019 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. Farming has been the framework for Keith and Jeri Geren since they met in college, pursing degrees in agriculture. Based in Altamont, KS, today the couple raises corn, wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum as well as having cattle, goats, chickens and dogs. Keith and Jeri enjoy the opportunity to share their love of agriculture together, as well as share it with their foster children and those in their community.

YF&R Discussion Meet

Jacquelyne Leffler is the state winner of the 2019 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. Jacquelyne works alongside her dad as the fourth generation on their farm and ranch. They are based in Americus, KS where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat and raise stocker/feeder cattle in the Flint Hills. She also combines her knowledge of raising custom beef for butcher for clients and provides private coaching for track and field athletes as the owner of Leffler Prime Performance.

National Awards

Scott, Geren's and Jacquelyne 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 YF&R Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky 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 $2,200 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 2021? Find information about the events, applications and deadlines here.