Young Farmer’s Committee

Apply to be on the Young Farmer Committee by filling out the Young Farmer Committee Application 2018!

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Chairman: Jamie Tiralla (Calvert County)

Vice Chairman: Francis Moats (Frederick)

Maryland Farm Bureau Staffer: Parker Welch (443) 480-4059



District 1 (Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Washington)
Francis Moats

District 2 (Carroll, Howard, Montgomery)
Tyler Butler

District 3 (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, St. Mary’s)
Jamie Tiralla

District 4 (Baltimore, Cecil, Harford)
Chris Price

District 5 (Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot)
Marshal Cahall

District 6 (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester)
Shelby Hurley

Young Farmer Competitive Events

Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ abilities to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. Competitve Events provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding members. In 2017, the winner of each event received their choice of either a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2017 GMC Sierra. Three finalists each received a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor and $2,500 cash prize and $500 in STIHL merchandise.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award recognizes Young Farmers & Ranchers who have excelled in their farm or ranch and have honed their leadership abilities to superiority. Participants are involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. Judges evaluate competitor’s  excellence in management, growth and scope of their enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the farm or ranch.

Click here to apply for the Maryland Farm Bureau Achievement Award. The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Nashville, TN in January to compete at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention.

Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Excellence in Agriculture Award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievement, and their ability to communicate their agricultural story.

Click here to apply for the Maryland Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award. The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Nashville, TN in January to compete at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention.

Discussion Meet

The American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

2018 Young Farmer’s Discussion Meet Questions:

1. Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?
2. With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?
3. Formation of family farm corporations is common practice. How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that the public’s positive perception of the family farm is not lost?
4. How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?
5. How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?

These questions will be used for the Maryland Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in Ocean City on December 3 during our Annual Convention, the YF&R Discussion Meet in Nashville, TN and the Collegiate Discussion Meet in Reno, Nevada.  Contact Parker Welch if you are interested in participating in the Discussion Meet.

Thank you to our National Young Farmers & Ranchers Sponsors: