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Scotts, Griffith shine at AFB’s Young Farmer and Ranchers event

by | Jan 14, 2022

At left, Roger and Amanda Scott of Madison County, Va., are joined by YF&R Committee Chairman Jon Iverson in recognition of the Scotts placing third in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award competition. At right, Maryland farmer Kayla Griffith, right, won third place in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award program. (Photos courtesy American Farm Bureau Federation)

ATLANTA — Farmers from Virginia and Maryland placed in the top three in two American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher awards programs held during the group’s annual convention last week.
Roger and Amanda Scott of Madison County, Va., won third place in the Achievement Award competition, receiving a Case IH 40-inch Combination Roll Cabinet and Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH, as well as a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Ag.
In addition, they will take home $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
The Scotts operate two commercial turkey houses, a poultry litter hauling and spreading business, a cow-calf operation and a custom hay business. Amanda Scott also is a livestock veterinarian.
The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities.
Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.
Kayla Griffith of Lothian, Md., won third place, receiving a Case IH 40-inch Combination Roll Cabinet and Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH, as well as a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Ag. In addition, she will take home $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
Griffith is part of her family’s fifth generation farm operation E. Griffith and Son. She returned to the family farm after earning her master’s degree in agronomy and relaunched the Griffith Family Produce business.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
Elsewhere among Virginia participants, Northampton County farmer Kyle Sturgis placed among the top 10 finalists for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. This competition recognizes young farmers who don’t derive most of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute to the industry through their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. Sturgis outlined for judges his communications, governmental, volunteer and fundraising efforts to enhance visibility of the state’s agricultural issues.
“These competitions are a great way for young farmers to get out of their comfort zones and have those tough conversations, which is a tool to build leadership for the future, especially when interacting with legislators,” he said.
Jonathan Grimes, a Wythe County farmer and agricultural education teacher, participated in the national Discussion Meet, which simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Contestants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on timely agricultural topics. Grimes’ groups discussed issues regarding renewable resources and COVID-19 obstacles.

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