Young farmers and ranchers from across the region will have the opportunity to hear all three of the Peterson Farm Brothers as they headline a winter conference sponsored jointly by the South Dakota and Wyoming Farm Bureaus. The event will take place in Deadwood, S.D., on January 22-23, 2016.
The Peterson brothers -- Greg (25), Nathan (22) and Kendal (19) -- are the 5th generation on their family’s farm in Kansas. They have gained fame from their eight music video parodies that have generated millions of views across the globe, teaching people the facts about modern agriculture in a unique and entertaining way. During their session, the Peterson Farm Brothers will perform some of their parody hits, talk about how they created the videos and share insights on how we can all advocate for agriculture through social media.
“We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and sessions for this Young Farmers and Ranchers event, and we’re especially excited that the Peterson Farm Brothers will be joining us in Deadwood,” said Kathy Hanrahan of Milesville, S.D., co-chair of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee. “This event is a fun chance to get away for the weekend, meet new people and learn new things about agriculture.”
The two-day conference will also delve into many other topics relevant to young producers, including: how to talk about crop protection products, like pesticides, with consumers; identifying growth and leadership opportunities within Farm Bureau; tips for interacting with the media; the evolving nutrition focus of beef; and transitioning the farm/ranch to the next generation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit and learn about the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and to tour the warehouse at Center of the Nation Wool, Inc. and the McNenny Fish Hatchery.
The conference is open to young farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35, regardless of Farm Bureau membership. Young children are welcome to attend with their parents. See the detailed agenda and register today at this link.
Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers program is for young people ages 18-35 who wish to develop skills to become leaders for agriculture, while enjoying fellowship with their peers who share common goals. South Dakota Farm Bureau is the state's largest general agriculture organization, representing more than 16,000 farm, ranch and rural families across the state.