YF&R members earn honors during conference in Visalia


Issue Date: March 5, 2014

Young agriculturalists were honored for their dedication and service to Farm Bureau and their communities at the California Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference last week in Visalia.

The Star YF&R Award, which recognizes an outstanding young farmer or rancher in California who goes above and beyond in service to agriculture, was given to Daniel Meza, an assistant vice president with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Lodi. He was honored for his dedicated involvement in YF&R and Farm Bureau since 2009.

The Tulare County Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee received the 2013 YF&R Committee of the Year Award, for its contribution to the Harvest for All program, community involvement, agricultural education, county Farm Bureau involvement and other activities.

This year's conference featured the Collegiate Discussion Meet, a competitive event meant to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each member.

Levy Randolph of Hemet, a student at California State University, Fresno, was named the winner of the contest. First runner-up was Kenna Lewis of San Luis Obispo, a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The other finalists were Jodi Raley, a Fresno State student from Tollhouse, and Regan Steele, a Cal Poly student from Galt. Fresno State won the Collegiate Discussion Meet team competition.

As individual winner, Randolph earned a $1,250 prize. Lewis earned $750 and the other finalists each earned $500. Prizes in the Collegiate Discussion Meet were sponsored by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.

Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers are active agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 and involved in production, banking, business and many other areas. YF&R members develop leadership skills while volunteering time as active members of county Farm Bureaus.

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