Young Farmers of Virginia

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To deliver programs in agricultural education for out-of-school adults in order to assist them to become established, or to progress in farming or other related agriculture occupations.  Young Farmer members receive many benefits from their membership in local, area, state and national organizations. Not only are educational programs offered, but also social/recreational activities as well as opportunities for community service.

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See you at Convention!

Posted By on January 4, 2019

Come and join us in Williamsburg at Fort MaGruder Hotel and Conference Center on February 1-3, 2019! Check out our convention page and register today!!

2018 Summer Tours

Posted By on May 22, 2018

Come out and join us for a tour of the Strasburg area with friends!

We hope to see you there!

YFV Summer Farm Tour, July 5, 2018

Meet at Strasburg High School

Registration 8:30-9:00 am

Strasburg Museum

The Strasburg Museum, which opened in 1970 as a National Historic Landmark, serves as a link to the past of a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. Since settlers moved to this area as early as 1730, Strasburg became well known for its pottery manufacturing, which dated back to as early as 1761. After the last pottery was closed around 1909, the museum building-which was constructed for use as a steam pottery-was purchased by the Southern Railway Company for use as a passenger and freight depot until the 1960s. The museum features a variety of authentic local pieces, including Civil War articles, Native American artifacts, local pottery and photographs, early farm and train equipment, and even a red caboose that can be toured!


Woodbine Farms, Inc. & Woodbine Farm Market

Woodbine Farms, located in Frederick County, VA, was founded in 1898 by Dr. Isaac Brumback, and was recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a “Century Farm” in 1998 for being continuously and actively farmed by the same family for 100 years. Products grown on Woodbine Farms include apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, and more, which are sold through their market. Woodbine Farm Market opened in 2006 on Rt. 55 in Strasburg, VA. The market has a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and other local products, including meats, cheeses, breads, jellies/jams, and more! The market also has a playground picnic shelter, and ice cream stand. Additionally, it serves as home to Back Road BBQ, which is owned and operated by Greg and Carl Smith.

2018 YFV Officer Team

Posted By on February 4, 2018

Left to Right: David Hughes, Mark Deavers, Jane McDonald, Pamela Collins, Kaitlyn Sonifrank, Ashley Craun, Stuart Melton, (not pictured Carrsha Eavers)

2018 Young Farmers of Virginia Officer Team

President: Kaitlyn Sonifrank

Vice President: Pamela Collins

Secretary: Mark Deavers

Reporter: David Hughes

Director: Jane McDonald

Director: Carrsha Eavers

Director: Stuart Melton, Jr. 

Past President: Ashley Craun


68th Annual Convention Results

Posted By on January 31, 2018

Corn Growing Award: Sponsored by Southern States Cooperative

  1. Greg Buchanan, Riverheads
  2. Richard Clemmer, Riverheads

Soybean Production Award:  Sponsored by Syngenta

  1. Kevin Craun, Turner Ashby
  2. Mark Deavers, Broadway/Timberville

Corn Silage Growing Award: Sponsored by Pioneer

  1. Richard Clemmer, Riverheads
  2. Gary Mish, Riverheads

Outstanding Young Farmer Association: Sponsored by Farm Credit of the Virginias

  1. Spotswood Young Farmers Association
  2. Turner Ashby Young Farmers Association

Outstanding Young Agribusiness Person: Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Council

  1. Mark Deavers, Broadway/Timberville

Diversification in Agriculture Award: Sponsored by VDACS

  1. Greg Smith, Sr., Strasburg

Outstanding Young Farmer Award: Sponsored by Farm Credit of the Virginias

  1. Brent Arbogast, Broadway/Timberville

Agriculture Stewardship Award: Sponsored by VDACS

  1. Matt Eavers, Riverheads

Farm Business Management Contest: (Test prepared by David Walker)

Sponsored by Riverheads Young Farmers

  1. Herb Hoffeditz, Broadway/Timberville
  2. David Hughes, Broadway/Timberville
  3. Christopher Houff, Broadway/Timberville
  4. Chris Kuhler, VA FFA
  5. John Showlater, Broadway FFA

Ag Stewardship Contest: (Test prepared by Brian Crickenberger and Codi Jo Wheelbarger)

Sponsored by Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative

  1. Christopher Houff, Spotswood
  2. David Hughes, Broadway/Timberville
  3. Janae Petit, Broadway-Timberville,
  4. Josh Petit, Broadway-Timberville
  5. Mason Sowers, VA FFA

Honorary Membership:

Sponsored by Young Farmers of Virginia

Ronald Byrd, past YFV Executive Coordinator and Agriculture instructor

Scot Lilly, past YFV President, Spotswood

Attendance Award: Sponsored by Young Farmers of Virginia

Percentage of Members Attending:  Patrick Henry Association

Most Members in Attendance: Spotswood Association

Farm and Home Safety Award:  Sponsored by Young Farmers of Virginia

  1. Spotswood Young Farmers Association
  2. Turner Ashby Young Farmers Association

Outstanding Advisor Award:  Sponsored by Southern States Cooperative

  1. Brian Crickenberger, Turner Ashby

Membership Development: Sponsored by Young Farmers of Virginia

  1. Turner Ashby Young Farmers Association