I must admit the last couple of months have been a busy for the Arizona Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R). This time of year, things are quiet. But, a few YF&R members have their nose to the grindstone and their state coordinator on speed dial. those members are the ones competing at the American Farm Bureau YF&R Contest in Nashville in January during its Annual Meeting!
This year, Arizona Farm Bureau has some great competitors. Our Discussion Meet contestant is Alanna Riggs of Cochise County. Riggs is a fourth-generation Arizona cattle rancher on both her mother and father’s side of the family. She was born and raised on the family ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains in the Southeastern part of the state. She earned two degrees from the University of Arizona: Range Ecology and Management and Spanish Linguistics. Riggs is the Herd and Pasture Manager on the family ranch and leases her own ranch with 70-head of momma cows. She does range consulting for various ranches and organizations in her community. Riggs is on the board of her county Farm Bureau, as chair of the Young Farmers and Ranchers organization. She is also Chair of Rancher Affairs for the Arizona Section Society for Range Management. Riggs and her fiancé, Owen, enjoy hunting, fishing, scuba diving, flying their piper cub, and traveling. We are excited for Riggs and know that she will do well at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville!
Hopefully she will come home with a Ford Truck, sponsored by Country Financial who has joined as the sponsor of the 2018 YF&R Discussion Meet winner award!
We also have Cassie Lyman of Gila County who will be competing in the Achievement Award contest. Lyman is a cattle rancher from Central Arizona, she and her husband, Jared, have 4 boys and are very involved in Farm Bureau. Cassie just retired as the Arizona Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher chair but was recently elected to be the Gila County Farm Bureau President. You can usually find Lyman volunteering for Ag in the Classroom or working on the ranch. Lyman also homeschools her boys and is very involved in her 4-H community and church. In her spare time, Lyman loves fishing, crocheting, baking and canning. Though she is a native of Utah she has made herself home here in the great state of Arizona!
Lyman is not new to the YF&R contests, she has already competed in Discussion Meet and the Excellence of Ag Contest. This year hopefully, Lyman will come home with a new Ford truck. We are excited Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance has joined as the sponsor of the 2018 YF&R Achievement Award! The winner of the competition will receive their choice of a new 2018 Ford truck.
A lot of work that goes into these contests and even if they aren’t the winner, as the runner’s up there are still great merchandise from Case IH, who has been a sponsor for the last 20 years. Farm Bureau thanks them for their continued support in recognizing our outstanding young farmer and rancher members. Second, third and fourth place finalists of the 2018 YF&R Achievement Award, Discussion Meet, and Excellence in Agriculture will receive great Case IH merchandise. Also, the third-place finalists in YF&R Achievement Award, Discussion Meet, and Excellence in Agriculture will receive $2,000 of Stanley Black and Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox, and Irwin) courtesy of Black and Decker!
Every year Arizona Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers have a very strong showing on the national level and I feel that this year is no different! I congratulate these ladies and wish them the very best of Luck in Nashville Jan 5-10!Join Our Family