Kansans Prepare to Compete Nationally

Last January, Carrie Fraser and Orrin Holle participated in the Young Farmers & Ranchers competitive events. Both 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 Nashville, Tenn. on January 5-9, 2018. 

Excellence in Agriculture Award

Carrie Fraser is the state winner of the 2017 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. Carrie was born and raised in North Central Kansas. For the past ten years, she has enjoyed her job as an agriculture loan officer and vice president for a community bank. She and her husband, Clint, also operate a diversified dryland crop and cow-calf operation in Cloud County. Carrie is also the proud mother of three boys, Trigg, LIncoln and Hudson. 

YF&R Discussion Meet

Orrin Holle is the state winner of the 2017 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. Orrin is a fifth-generation Northwest Kansas farmer. His family has a long tradition of involvement in Farm Bureau, dating back to 1918, and Orrin has been active since the age of 18. He and his wife, Beth, operate a diversified crop and livestock farm with wheat, corn and registered Balancer and Gelbvieh seedstock cattle. He is also the proud father of four kids, Henry, Eli, Maggie and Will. 

National Awards

Fraser and Holle 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 - their choice of a 2018 Ford truck and paid registration to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada on February 16-19, 2018. The Achievement Award truck is provided courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. The Discussion Meet truck is provided courtesy of Farm Bureau Financial Services, and the Excellence in Agriculture truck is provided courtesy of Country Financial. 
  • 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 and $2,000 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 $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.

See the prize package flyer here.

2018 Kansas YF&R Competitive Events

Interested in competing for your chance to represent Kansas nationally in 2019? Find information about the events, applications and deadlines here.