YF&R Leaders Conference
2023 YF&R Leaders Conference in Manhattan, Kansas - January 27-29, 2023
Join young farmers, ranchers and agriculturists from across the state at the 2023 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference. The event will focus on connecting you with practical tools and resources to add value to your daily work, expanding your peer and professional network and providing encouragement and motivation to keep pushing forward in a tough time for agriculture. Regardless of the crops you grow, animals you raise or off-farm role you play, this conference has something for all young people connected to agriculture and will empower attendees to return home with the tools and knowledge to make positive changes for their farms, families and communities.
Key Deadlines for YF&R Conference:
- YF&R Registration Deadline – January 4, 2023
- All YF&R and Collegiate Competition Applications Due (YF&R of the Year, Excellence in Ag, Discussion Meet, and Quiz Bowl) – January 14, 2023
- YF&R Late, Collegiate, Child, and Ag Ambassador Registration Deadline – January 16, 2023
2023 YF&R Leaders Conference Sponsors
Ag Tours Sponsor
This conference is planned with KFB farmer/rancher and collegiate members who are 18-35 in mind, but all individuals who find the content valuable, regardless of membership, age or profession are welcome to register and attend. Registration includes:
- Friday Collegiate Lunch (Collegiate Farm Bureau members & Advisors only)
- Friday Evening Reception & Kick-Off (includes heavy appetizers and cash bar)
- Saturday Eggs & Issues Breakfast
- Saturday YF&R Networking Lunch
- Saturday District Dinners
- Saturday Breakfast by Chris Cakes
- All general sessions, workshops, tours and competitions.
Registration Pricing & Deadlines:
Regular YF&R Registration
Ag Ambassador Day Pass (For high school students)
Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions:
Kansas Farm Bureau will provide full refunds for cancellations made by 11:59 p.m. on January 16, 2023. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded as final meal counts for the event will be provided to catering on January 17. Counties may substitute attendees at no charge up until Noon on January 25, 2023. All refund requests, cancellations and substitutions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Sponsorships & KFB Foundation Grants:
Many counties have funds to cover the registration and lodging costs for individuals from their county. Please contact your county coordinator before registering to inquire about financial assistance. County coordinator contact information can be found by clicking here, finding the section "County Farm Bureaus" and clicking the dropdown to select your county.
The Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provides $100 grants to cover registration fees for county Farm Bureau associations and Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapters. There is a limit of 10 (ten) registration grants per county association. Registrants must attend the conference to receive grant funding otherwise counties will be invoiced $100 for each no-show receiving grant funds following the conference. Contact your County Coordinator for more information on your county grant availability.
o Grants do not cover the $25 late fee on registrations submitted after January 4.
o Grants are awarded based on financial need.
o Counties may request up to 10 YF&R registration grants per year.
Information for County Coordinators:
The following resources are available to assist you in using the registration system and collecting the information you need to register those sponsored by your county. Please note that the county paying for the member should be the county registering the attendee since payment is due at the time of registration. County Coordinator FAQ and Collections forms can be found below.
Information for Collegiate Advisors:
The following resources are available to assist you in using the registration system and collecting the information you need to register those sponsored by your chapter. Please note that the chapter advisor paying for the student should be the one registering the attendee since payment is due at the time of registration. Registration FAQ and Collections forms can be found below.
YF&R and Collegiate Competitions
Apply today for three YF&R and two Collegiate Competitions! The prizes for all YF&R awards include winning up to $500 and a trip to the 2024 AFBF Annual Convention which will be held in Salt Lake City! The top 4 individuals for each award will receive a cash prize and be recognized at the YF&R Leaders Conference. Click on the links below for both competitions and applications. All Applications are due January 14, 2023.
- YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award
- Young Farmer and Rancher of the Year
- YF&R Discussion Meet
- Collegiate Discussion Meet
- Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl
Hotel arrangements will be your own responsibility and are not included in registration or handled by KFB. Kansas Farm Bureau has blocked rooms at three hotels with affordable, negotiated rates. Room blocks are now open and specific information will be shared at that time.
(tax not included)
Hilton Garden Inn
410 S 3rd St
(Connected to Conference Center)
Group Name: Young Farmers & Ranchers
1212 Bluemont Ave
(7-10 minute drive to Conference Center – 1 block from Aggieville)
Group Name: KFB-Young Farmers & Ranchers
Booking Link: Go to bluemonthotel.com > Click on BOOK ONLINE (top/right of page) > Under ADVANCED OPTIONS select “I have a group number” >
Enter the Group ID: KFB12623
Courtyard by Marriott
715 N 12th St.
(7-10 minute drive to Conference Center – In Aggieville)
Group Name: Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference
Booking Link: Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International
300 Colorado St
(1 block from Conference Center)
Group Name: Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference