About 175 young farmers from across Pennsylvania traveled to Dauphin County to attend Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 2015 Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference in Grantville.
“The conference is designed to help young farmers grow their leadership abilities, improve their farming business, and network with other enthusiastic young farmers from across the state. It provides a great opportunity for young farmers to get together to talk about the challenges they face, as well as, the many opportunities they have,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert.
The Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) conference is not only an opportunity for young farmers to network with fellow young farmers, it also provides information and tools they can use to benefit their future. Seminar topics included technology in modern agriculture, farm transitions and retirement planning and using social media on the farm.
The conference’s keynote speakers were the Peterson Farm Bros, whose twists on popular music videos had an impact on other young farmers for greater social media use. The brothers (Greg, Nathan and Kendal) raise beef cattle and grow a variety of crops, including corn, alfalfa and soybeans. You can see their videos here.
Other guest speakers included Kacey and Andy Clay, who are members of the Missouri Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s YF&R Committee. They spoke about their starring role in the popular “That’s Enough” video, which is a parody from the movie Frozen. In the video, they highlighted many of the problems and concerns farmers have in connection with a proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Pennsylvania’s YF&R members are involved in activities throughout the year, such as raising food for the “Harvest for All” program, participating in annual meeting award competitions and hosting exhibits during the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Ag Progress Days activities.