Youth Programs & Support
Marion County Farm Bureau is proud to support the youth in our community through several programs including scholarships for 4-H and FFA members. A longtime supporter of the Southeastern Youth Fair, MCFB has been recognized as Heritage Member, for it's 25 years of continuous support. MCFB regularly displays its support through the purchase of market animals and sponsorship of classes and awards such as Herdsman Award and the Tractor Driving Contest as well as providing ultrasound testing for project animals.
Ag Ventures - View Photo Gallery
Over 1300 2nd Grade Students participated in the Marion County Farm Bureau Ag Ventures program at the Southeastern Youth Fair. Monday, February 22nd, Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th, 2nd graders from 16 different schools around Marion County received a firsthand look at twelve of Florida's major agricultural commodities during the Marion County Farm Bureau's Ag Ventures school tours program held at the Southeastern Youth Fair.
During Ag Ventures, students enjoyed ice cream while learning about dairy production; played marshmallow bingo while learning about beef; met baby chicks while learning about poultry; pet a pony during their equine visit; squeezed and sampled fresh citrus; learned about forestry by-products, and the importance of bees to our food system. The students were also introduced to blueberries, goats, and rabbits, all by volunteers from within each industry.
The 2016 Ag Ventures program was organized and funded by the Marion County Farm Bureau and is a cooperative effort between the Marion County Farm Bureau, the Southeastern Youth Fair and the local agriculture industry.
Agriculture Literacy Day
2016 Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Agriculture Literacy Day was held Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Each year, the reading event is a chance for farmers, ranchers, University of Florida IFAS extension and 4-H agents and master gardeners, FFA teachers and students and agriculture industry representatives to go into elementary classrooms and read a children's non-fiction book about Florida's agriculture industry to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thank you to all of the volunteer readers this year!
Special "Thanks" to all the volunteer readers who assisted Farm Bureau during Florida Agriculture Literacy Day!
|Commisioner Stan McClain||Mrs. Marilyn Grant|
WestPort High FFA Members
Scholarship Information and Links
Marion County Youth are encouraged to apply for the annual Marion County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Download Application here. The deadline is March 31st of each year. Applicants parents must have been a Farm Bureau member for at least 1 year.
Please note: If you plan to attend or currently attend Central Florida College or the University of Florida, you must apply for a Marion County Farm Bureau Scholarship through each of above named institutions Endowment Scholarship Programs and not through this on line application. The scholarship application and deadlines at CFC and UF differ than those listed in this application.
Youth Speech Contest Information and Links
Each year, the Marion County Women's Committee sponsors a Youth Speech Contest for high school students. The contest promotes a stronger interest and clearer understanding of agriculture among our youth. The contest begins at the county level, and our winner competes against the winners of each of the other counties within our district in district contests. The district winners compete at the Florida Farm Bureau state annual meeting in October. In 2015 Ellen Reynolds, Marion County's winner also won at the district level and did an awesome job representing us at the state competition. The 2016 Youth Speech Contest was held February 20th during the Southeastern Youth Fair. Participants were from Vanguard High School, Forest High School North Marion High School, and West Port High School.
The 2016 topic was: What is an Unmanned Aerial System and how can it be used to impact agriculture?
Cash prizes were awared to the following and Sierra Smith will represent Marion County in the District competion in the fall. 1st Place: Sierra Smith 2nd Place: Lindsey Moody 3rd Place: Kirsten Wickett
4-H Club Project Insurance Information and Links