Eric and Ida Sander of Prairie City, Jessica McGregor of Newell, and Josh Geigle of Wall will represent South Dakota in Farm Bureau's national Young Farmer & Rancher contests.

Achievement Award

Eric and Ida Sander of Prairie City are this year's winners of the SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming / ranching operations and have honed their leadership abilities to superiority. 

The contestants were evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of operation, Farm Bureau leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. The judges looked for excellence in management, growth and scope of the enterprise, and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the operation. 

 In addition, Eric and Ida were elected by their peers to be Chairs of the South Dakota Farm Bureau’s YF&R Committee for 2015. In this position they will help organize the annual YF&R Winter Conference, lead the activities and direction of the YF&R Committee, and advocate for agriculture in their community and across the state. The couple is shown here, left, receiving their award from 2014 SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Chairman, Lee Kopriva of Raymond.

Discussion Meet

Jessica McGregor of Newell has won the South Dakota Farm Bureau YF&R (Young Farmers & Ranchers) Discussion Meet contest, held in Sioux Falls during the SDFB’s 97th annual meeting.

The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The meet is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic, with the judges looking for the contestant who offers constructive criticism, cooperation and communication, while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.

McGregor was named the Discussion Meet winner after competing in two rounds with three other contestants. Jessica is shown, left, receiving her award from 2014 YF&R Chairman Lee Kopriva and Vice Chair Jerylin Reed of Faith.

Excellence in Agriculture

Josh Geigle was this year's SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers “Excellence in Agriculture Award.” This award recognizes outstanding leadership with Farm Bureau and within the larger community. Josh’s win at the state level earns him a trip to the national competition to be held in San Diego in January during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.

Farm Bureau’s “Young Farmers & Ranchers” program is for young people ages 18-35 who want to develop skills to become leaders for agriculture, while enjoying fellowship with others who share common goals. South Dakota Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general agriculture organization, representing more than 14,300 farm, ranch and rural families.