Volusia Young Farmers well-represented at Annual Convention

YF&R representing Volusia County are Back Row: Jared & Megan Lanier, Blair and Jaime Davis, Meghan Register, Olivia Doyle, Robby Doyle, Brendan Register, Austin Davis. Middle Row: Kaitlin Plante, Savanna Register, Victoria Register, McKenzie Smith, Landry Gunter, Lindsey Haynes. Front Row: Tinley Davis, Ty Davis.

Volusia County was well represented at the 2017 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference held in Punta Gorda in July. A record 15 of the county’s young agriculture leaders attended this “Hooked on Agriculture” conference.

“One of the main focuses on this conference was building up the YF&R throughout the county level. I sat through some sessions with information on how to get more people at the county level involved in our YF&R program that I cannot wait to start applying to our county specifically. This year our county sent a record 15 people to conference and I would love to be able to see a dramatic increase every year in participation,” said Victoria Register, Volusia County YF&R chairperson, in an email.

Volusia attendees won the Activity Award, sat through educational lectures and breakout sessions and networked with other agriculture professionals. And they still had time for a little fun. “We had members participate in the volleyball tournament. Members attended the karaoke night and a great night out on the town with several neighboring counties. I think I can say we all came back Hooked on Ag and looking forward to next year’s conference,” added Register.

YF&R is a national program of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Members are both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The program is designed to provide leadership and expand opportunities in agriculture.

“It is important for younger people to become involved in agriculture because those younger people will be the future of agriculture throughout the country. We will be the individuals helping set policy and implementing ideas and programs that will affect not only ourselves, but the entire country. As the average age of the farmer continues to rise and the total number of farmers declines, we need to better those individuals wanting a future in our industry,” said Register.

To learn more about Volusia County YF&R contact Register at Victoria@ferntrust.com.