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Farm bureau contests seek applicants

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Bandera County Farm Bureau officials urge young farmers and ranchers in the area to showcase their innovative operations by applying for prizes available through annual contests put on by the Texas Farm Bureau.

The Texas Farm Bureau is taking applications now for the Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest and the Excellence in Agriculture contest, officials said in a news release this month.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18-35 as of Jan. 31 to be eligible for the contests and must be a current farm bureau member in good standing.

Applications must be submitted online by Aug. 3.

“These contests are a great way to highlight the diversity of agriculture in our area,” said Bandera County Farm Bureau President Barbara Mazurek. “Regardless of the size and practices, young farmers and ranchers are excelling in and out of the field. These contests recognize and reward those efforts.”

The Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest promotes young farmers and ranchers who are actively engaged in farming or ranching. One winner is chosen from each of the state bureau’s 13 districts.

From that group, three finalists are selected in a second round of judging. Judges will visit each of the finalist’s farms or ranches to determine the overall winner.

The overall winner will claim a a three-quarter-ton diesel pickup as a prize from the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, a $5,000 cash reward sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas and an expense-paid trip to both the TFB Annual Meeting and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention.

The two runners up will receive a cash award of $500 from the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. and an expense-paid trip to the TFB Annual Meeting.

New this year is a $1,000 cash award that will be presented to all the district winners thanks to Farm Bureau Bank.

The Excellence in Agriculture contest rewards member who are involved in agriculture but don’t make the majority of their income from production agriculture.

Farm store managers, crop consultants, agricultural educators and those employed by an agricultural business or agency are eligible to apply.

State winners of that contest will receive a UTV from Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., a $5,000 cash award sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas and expense-paid trips to both the TFB and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual sessions.

Two runners up in the EIA contest will go home with $1,000 cash awards care of Farm Bureau Bank, a $500 cash award from Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. and an expense-paid trip to the TFB Annual Meeting.

Applications, sample questions and instruction for the contests can be found online at https://texasfarmbureau.org/YFR. For other inquiries about the contests and young farmer and rancher activities, call 254-399-5030 or email questions to youngfarmers@txfb.org.