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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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YF Officer Application

Posted By on November 24, 2015

YFV Officer Application

2016 Convention Registration

Posted By on November 24, 2015

YFVConventionReg Form 2016

2015 Fall Newsletter

Posted By on November 24, 2015

YF Fall Newsletter 2015

June 2015 Summer Newsletter

Posted By on July 13, 2015


Presidents Message – June 2015

Posted By on June 26, 2015

Greetings to you all from Rockbridge County,

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s mid-June and we are already experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this early in the summer season. Although after such a cold winter, these temps are a pleasant welcome for many. Please be safe as you tend to your planting, hay making, etc. and be mindful of the extra “slow moving” traffic on rural roads this time of year. I’d like to take a moment to show appreciation to Past President, Shelia Lilly, and our 2015 Executive Committee for coordinating such a great convention earlier this year in Roanoke. It takes a village, and it was a great weekend of tours, meetings and fellowship for all who attended!

We’ve had a busy start to the year, in early March, Shelia Lilly and Ashley Craun attended the NYFEA Agriculture’s Promise in Washington, DC. Shelia and Ashley spent a couple days in workshops, forums, and meeting USDA and Congressional Leaders, complete with a tour of The Hill! You can find more details of Shelia and Ashley’s experiences on the YFV website, what a great opportunity this trip was for them! The Executive Committee had its first meeting for the year in late March to begin planning for this year’s activities and to brainstorm about new ideas. It was a successful meeting and it’s our hope to incorporate some new initiatives in the near future. We are currently working on securing sites for our summer tours, plans are underway for Thursday, July 23 in the Harrisonburg/Bridgewater area. My apology that not more information is available at this time, but please know we are doing our best to coordinate a fun and educational experience. As plans evolve, we will share information on our website and Facebook page (be sure to LIKE our Facebook page, it’s the easiest and fastest way for us to broadcast updated information).

Mark your calendars for this year’s NYFEA National Institute, December 9-12, 2015 in Charleston, SC (“Charleston, Charleston, Charleston!” for those of you who were at the 2014 Institute in Louisville, KY!) Tours for the institute will include the Charleston Tea Plantation, Clemson Univ. Coastal Research Center, Carolina Peanut Co., and Elloree Gin Company, just to name a few.

Additionally, we have secured the Holiday Inn – University in Charlottesville, VA as the hosting hotel and venue for our 2016 State Convention, January 29-31, 2016. We are working diligently with the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Farm Bureau office to coordinate engaging tours around the area. Stay tuned for more details!

I’m looking forward to once again playing an active role in this year’s YFV activities and I thank you for entrusting me to be your President!

Best, Jane McDonald

2015 NYFEA Ag Promise – Washington DC

Posted By on March 4, 2015

Vice President Ashley Craun and I had the pleasure of attending NYFEA’s Ag Promise in Washington, DC March 1-3.  This is the first time Virginia has had anyone attend the program except for maybe the Delegate meeting on Sunday.  Ag Promise is a program with workshops, round table discussions on issues the agricultural industry faces, and a day on Capitol Hill addressing our Congressional Leaders.  Those in attendance represented Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi, Colorado, Indian, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

The first day (Sunday) was an afternoon Delegate meeting and then talk about various NYFEA activities including the Ag Communication Award and recruiting participants, Social media, new contests and recognition, and engaging State Leaders.  Dinner out in the evening provided an opportunity to make connections and network with other members across the US.

Day two consisted of a morning session with guest speakers from all aspects of the Ag industry.  Speakers included Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Executive Secretary; Janet Adkinson, RFDTV; Karis Gutter, Deputy Undersecretary of Farm and Foreign Policy for the USDA; Bob Young, Chief Economist with American Farm Bureau; and Matt Mika, Director of Governmental Relations with Tyson.  All of the speakers offered their thoughts on the current Ag industry and issues that they see in the future for agriculture.  At the beginning of the morning session we were all asked to write down two issues that are important to us or that we see as challenges on an index card.  In the afternoon session we broke up into groups, the index cards were handed out randomly, and each group was asked to come up with 3-4 key issues that we felt were the most important.  Those issues were then presented to the whole group in a role playing scenario.  It was interesting to see that the states represented all had basically the same concerns.  The top eight key issues faced by all of the states represented were:  (1) Consumer Education; (2) Minority and Immigrant participation in Ag Industry should be supported; (3) Ag policy should be based on sound research; (4) Transfer of ag assets from one generation to another; (5) Ag Education in ALL schools; and (6) Supporting policy that creates more opportunity in non-traditional agricultural jobs; (7) American leaders should UNDERSTAND Agriculture; and (8) The “Waters of the US” is a Policy that should be Pro-Agriculture.  That evening a reception was held close to Capitol Hill where all Congressional staffers and aides were invited to join us.

On day three we took a bus to Capitol Hill.  First stop was the Committee on Agriculture meeting room at Longworth House Office Building.  Our first speaker was Congresswoman Martha Roby, Republican from Alabama with a great discussion about the Appropriations Committee and some of the key things they are working on.  Bart Fischer, Chief Economist in the Ag Department then shared the process of developing and passing a farm bill.  The rest of the afternoon was spent speaking to staffers and aids about the key issues from Monday’s workshop.

This is a wonderful program and I want to thank our friends at NYFEA for “making” this happen for Virginia.  Ashley and I think it is a great opportunity that the state should continue participating in.  We will be discussing some ideas at our next executive committee meeting on who would benefit from attending and how to make this happen.

Shelia Lilly

Past President



Constitution Bylaws

Posted By on February 26, 2015

Hello All,

I just created a new page/tab for the Constitution/Bylaws.  These were adopted on January 31, 2015 at the first convention business session.  You will need to click on the link twice in order for it to open.


2015 Award Winners

Posted By on February 26, 2015

2015 Young Farmers of Virginia Awards

The following awards were presented at the 2015 convention:

Corn Growing Award: Sponsored by Southern States Cooperative

  1. Tim Clemmer, Riverheads
  2. Richard Clemmer, Riverheads

Soybean Production Award:  Sponsored by Syngenta
Winner RECEIVED Prefix chemical and plaque

  1. Jeff Buchanan, Riverheads
  2. Tim Clemmer, Riverheads

Corn Silage Growing Award: Sponsored by Pioneer-John See
Winner received plaque and 2 units of seed corn, runner up received 1 unit of seed

  1. Jeff Buchanan, Riverheads
  2. Bob Christian, Riverheads

Virginia Outstanding Young Farmer Association: Sponsored by Virginia Farm Credit Assn
Winner RECEIVED $ 100 CHECK and runner up received $50

  1. Spotswood
  2. Riverheads

Outstanding Young Agribusiness Person: Sponsored by VA Council of Farmer Cooperatives
RECEIVED $ 200 and plaque

  1. Shelia Lilly, Spotswood

Diversification in Agriculture Award: Sponsored by VDACS
RECEIVED $ 500 CASH AWARD and plaque

  1. David Liskey, Spotswood

Outstanding Young Farmer Award: Sponsored by VA Farm Credit Association
RECEIVED $500 CASH AWARD and plaque

  1. Jason Patterson, Turner Ashby

Agriculture Stewardship Award: Sponsored by VDACS
RECEIVED $500 CASH AWARD and plaque, farm sign

  1. Donnie and Connie Liskey, Spotswood

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

  1. Mark Deavers, Broadway Timberville $25.00 and plaque
  2. Jon McDonald, Rockbridge $20.00
  3. Herb Hoffeditz, Broadway/Timberville $15.00
  4. David Liskey, Spotswood $10.00
  5. Greta Houff, Spotswood $5.00

Ag Stewardship Contest: (Test prepared by Carrie Gray)
RECEIVED CASH PRIZES courtesy of VA Poultry Growers Cooperative

  1. Herb Hoffeditz, Broadway/Timberville $25.00 and plaque
  2. Mark Deavers, Broadway Timberville $20.00
  3. Ron Byrd, $15.00
  4. Kaitlyn Sonifrank, Broadway/Timberville $10.00
  5. Greta Houff, Spotswood $5.00


Dr. David Kohl, VA Tech

Attendance Award:

Percentage of Members Attending:  Patrick Henry Association – Central
Most Members in Attendance: Spotswood Association

Farm and Home Safety Award:  Sponsored by YFV (1st $100.00 and 2nd $50.00)

  1. Spotswood Association
  2. Turner Ashby

Outstanding Advisor Award:    Sponsored by Southern States Cooperative
Received plaque and $200

  1. Rebecca Holloway, Spotswood


Membership Development: Sponsored by Rockingham Petroleum Coop.
RECEIVED $100 CASH AWARD, runner up $50

  1. Riverheads
  2. Spotswood

Convention Donation Form

Posted By on January 14, 2015

If you are out and about collecting donations for auction items or door prizes for our State Convention we do have a donation form that you can print, fill out and give to those making a donation.  I have attached it below.

Donation Form15


Posted By on January 13, 2015

At our 2014 Convention during the business session a committee was appointed to reviews and make any recommended changes to our organizations bylaws. The changes will need to be reviewed and voted on by the delegation at this years convention. Copies have been emailed to all advisors to discuss directly with their membership. The proposed changes can be found in red on the document below.  Copies will be available at the registration desk upon arriving for this years convention in Roanoke.

In reviewing the bylaws we also discovered that the voting at our business meetings has not been done correctly.  Each association is allowed two delegates to represent the whole association.  At convention anyone is welcome to attend the business meeting and participate in discussion but assigned delegates will be the only ones able to vote.  This information was also provided/emailed to all advisors.  We will need, at registration, the names of the delegates for each association.  We will have a “reserved” section in the meeting where all delegates will be seated.

Remember when opening documents you will have to click on the link and when the second page opens, you will have to click on the link a second time.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the officers.

Young Farmer Constitution – corrected and revised – final draft – adobe