SDFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference


Young people involved in agriculture are invited to attend the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Farm and Ranch Conference, February 1-2, 2019 at The Lodge in Deadwood, S.D. The theme for the conference is “Sustainability in Today's Environment”.

Over the two-days, participants will have the opportunity to learn information that will be helpful in their own operation, as well as network with others involved in the agriculture industry from across the state.

“The conference gives us the chance to network with others who share our passion and discuss the problems and issues we are facing and brainstorm solutions,” said SDFB YF&R Chairman Riley Schwader.

Speakers include soil health pioneer Gabe Brown sharing “Regenerating Our Resources”; and a discussion panel regarding “Protecting Your Assets”. Participants will also take in tours of area ag operations. The highlight of the two-day conference is the opportunity to attend the PRCA Finals Rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D.

The SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers conference is a family friendly event; free childcare is available. For more information and to register visit:

Questions may also be directed to Lowell Mesman, SDFB YF&R Coordinator (605) 280-1319 or Riley Schwader, SDFB YF&R Chairman (605) 579-0171.

The SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers program is for men and women between the ages of 18-35. Participating in YF&R builds camaraderie among young producers, develops leadership skills, promotes lifelong learning and positively impacts agriculture.

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