White County Farm Bureau's
Young Leader Committee

The Young Leader Committee is made up of farmers and associate members ages 18 to 35 that volunteer to support self-improvement, family, political, business, and networking programs for young farmers in the county.

GET INVOLVED!! The Young Leader Program is designed to help you succeed in these five areas... Education & Self Improvement, Family Issues, Political Understanding & Policy Development, Business Education, and Membership/Networking & Public Relations.

They accomplish this mission through participation in and sponsorship of numerous programs at the county and state level.

County Young Leader Programs

Collegiate Scholarship
Part of the mission of your Young Leader program is to help support the growth of the young people in the county.  Through this  scholarship program, the committee helps a student each year who will be majoring in an ag-related field of study in college.  The committee has awarded over $4,750 since 2006.

Young Leader Pistol Shoot
This event is our annual fundraiser for the Young Leader Committee.  The event is held in July every year at the Carmi Rifle Club.  Individual shooters compete to see who can hit the steel targets the fastest.  Awards are given for the top individual shooters.  Proceeds from this event support the Young Leader Collegiate Scholarship

FFA Acquaintance Day Program
Each year, the Young Leader Committee sponsors an activity for the FFA Chapters in the county.  The activity is designed to teach tem about various agricultural careers as well as the Farm Bureau organization.  FFA students have toured ethanol plants, meat packing facilities, and grain elevators.  Students are given a quiz on what they learned, and awarded prizes for correct answers.  Participation by the student allows them to be eligible to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Leadership Conference.

Youth Pedal Pull
Young Leader Committee members administer a pedal pull at the White County Fair each year.  Youth from around the area compete to see who can pedal the sled up to 50 feet with as much as 250 pounds in the sled box!  Classes are divided by the child's weight and by gender.  Trophies are awarded to 1st and 2nd place in each class.  Class winners are invited to represent White County by competing at the Illinois State Fair pedal pull in August.

Young Leader Family Fun Day at Holiday World
As a reward for service throughout the year, committee members and their families enjoy a day at the Holiday World & Splashin' Safari theme park in Santa Claus, IN.  

These are just a few of the service programs the committee conducts at the county level.  Other programs include committee dinners, social trips, and support for FFA programs.

State Young Leader Programs

Young Leader Conference
This two-day conference in Springfield, IL provides an opportunity for our Young Leaders to network with their peers from around the state.  Young Leaders increase their understanding of the Farm Bureau organization, strengthen their leadership abilities, receive legislative and market updates, and improve their understanding of issues facing agriculture in Illinois.

Achievement Award Program
This program recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in farming and leadership.  Participants are judged on management, innovation, self-initiative, capital source and use, leadership ability, involvement, and organizational and community participation.

Discussion Meet
Contestants exchange ideas and information about specified topics.  Participants analyze problems and determine logical solutions.

Agri-Quiz Bowl
Provides Young Leaders the opportunity to develop teamwork and their knowledge on agriculture, family issues, and the organization.  Teams compete on Ag Day at the Illinois Stair Fair in Springfield.

Ag Industry Tour
Exposes Young Leaders to marketing techniques in other areas of the country.  The tour highlights innovative ideas, demonstrates farm input production, and follows the many steps once a product leaves the farm until it lands in the hands of consumers.  Young Leaders will be traveling to Arizona in 2011.

Harvest for All
Young Leaders team up with America's Second Harvest to help feed the hungry in Illinois by donating food, money, and volunteer time.  Wayne County Young Leaders collect food donations at the annual meeting and donate them to Wabash Area Development, Inc (WADI), one of our local food pantry's.

Excellence in Ag Award Program
Recognizes Young Leaders for their accomplishments in and contributions to the ag industry.
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