Achievement Award


The SCFB Young Farmer & Rancher program sponsors an annual Achievement Award Contest that spotlights outstanding young farm families.

The contest is an excellent opportunity for young farmers and/or farm families to showcase their farms, Farm Bureau activities, community involvement, and to highlight their agricultural accomplishments.

The top 3 state finalists will be expected to be at the SCFB Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach on December 5, 2014 for the Annual Awards Program. Each state finalist will recieve a $1000 cash prize.  In addition, the state winner will be rewarded with a band new GMC Truck along with an expense paid trip to the 2015 AFBF Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. 

During their Spring Planning Meeting in April, our State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee elected to move future Acheivement Award Contest to the Young Farmer & Rancher Conference. The 2014 competition will be in December, as usual, but the 2015 competition will be held in January. We are excited to announce this change because we feel this will give our applicants plenty of time to prepare for nationals. Contestants are encouraged to enter both the 2014 and  2015 competitions. If you have any questions about the change or contestant eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Applications for this award are due August 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014. 

The rules and application are available to download: 2014 SCFB Achievement Award Application.doc

To receive a copy of the application by mail, e-mail or by fax, please contact your county Farm Bureau office or Melanie Moulder.


Members in good standing with their county Farm Bureau.

Contestants shall be voting Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35. (Individual or spouse shall not have reached their 36th birthday by January 31st after the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention is held.)

Past state YF&R Achievement Award winners are not eligible to compete.

Past and present members of the AFBF YF&R Committee are not eligible to compete.

Contestants must be actively engaged in farming or ranching with the majority of income coming from production agriculture.

County and state Farm Bureau employees are not eligible to compete.

State finalists must be willing to complete a detailed finacial form.

State winner must be willing to complete the AFBF written application and represent SCFB at the AFBF competition during January 2015 in San Diego, CA or forfeit their title as state winner and prizes to the first runner-up.


Judging Criteria

The application of each contestant will be coded upon receipt at the SCFB office.

Applicant’s name and county will not be revealed to the judges until they are finished judging the application.

Information contained in the application is considered confidential.

A panel of qualified judges will select three state finalists from the written applications based on the following qualifications:

  • Farm operation
  • Financial progress of operation 
  • Farm Bureau leadership 
  • Other leadership Once the state finalists have been determined, they will be interviewed through on-farm judging to verify the application information.