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Young Farmers and Ranchers prep for their future

02 February 2017

Students, farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Jan. 27-29 for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. Nine Pratt Community College students attended the conference with PCC Adjunct Ag Instructor, Jackie Mundt.

The conference provided young ag producers between the ages of 18-35 with agricultural education, motivational speakers and opportunities to connect with industry resources and network with peers.

Newly-elected Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall addressed the ag producers at the networking luncheon Jan. 28.
State committee members from each of the 10 Kansas Farm Bureau districts planned and hosted the Live to farm…Farm to live themed conference included workshops, speakers, tours and competitions during the weekend event.

PCC students had the opportunity to attend workshops focusing on industry topics, heard three keynote speakers and networked with their peers from other colleges across the state. PCC also had students competing the Quiz Bowl and Discussion Meet Competitions. 

PCC ag students Ethan Bellar, Bryce McKennon, Kolton Smith and Levi Winscher performed in the Quiz Bowl competition. While Garrett Geesling, Shiloh Murray, Savannah Pryor, Addy Smith and Keenan Stultz took part in the Discussion Meet. Murray, advanced to the final round of the Discussion Meet competition and won fourth place.

Jacob Brubaker, a former member of PCC’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter who transferred to Fort Hays State University, placed third in the competition.

Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.  PCC’s chapter of the Collegiate Farm Bureau participates in events multiple times a year to network and learn about industry trends.