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Young farmers and ranchers attend statewide leadership conference

Farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Jan. 25-27 for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. More than 530 young crop and livestock producers from across the state attended a three-day Kansas Farm Bureau conference designed to maximize efficiency on their family operations.

The conference provided young ag producers between the ages of 18-35 with agricultural education, motivational speakers and opportunities to connect with industry resources and network with peers.

Attendees heard from KFB President Rich Felts; Russ Kohler, American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Committee Chair from Utah; Max Harman, Kansas FFA President; and New Mexico farmer Matt Rush. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Representative Roger Marshall also addressed the group.

State committee members from each of the 10 Kansas Farm Bureau districts planned and hosted the Honoring Tradition, Cultivating Progress themed conference. The conference included workshops, speakers, tours and competitions. The YF&R state committee played an integral part in making this year’s conference a success.

Winners of the conference competitions included:

  • Collegiate Discussion Meet – Shiloh Murray, Kansas State University
  • YF&R Discussion Meet – Jacquelyne Leffler, Lyon County
  • Ag Quiz Bowl - Kansas State University
  • Excellence in Agriculture – Keith and Jeri Geren, Labette County
  • YF&R of the Year – Scott Thellman, Douglas County
Young farmers and ranchers from 80 counties participated in this year’s event.