YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award


For individuals or married couples who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation. This award is great for part-time farmers or agriculturalists. 


The Excellence in Agriculture Award acknowledges members who are agricultural devotees, but do not earn the majority of their income from production agriculture. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experience and achievement. Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e. civic, service and community). The SCFB Organization Division will coordinate the program at the state level.


Win a NEW ATV!

The winner or winning couple will receive:

  • $7,000 towards the purchase of a new ATV
  • An expense-paid trip to the annual 2019 AFBF FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, WI on March 15-18, 2019.
  • A one night stay at the SCFB Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach on December 6, 2019 to be highlighted as the 2019 winner.
  • An expense-paid trip (required) to compete at the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) annual meeting in Austin, TX, January 17-22, 2020.


Each finalist will each receive $500 and a one-night stay at the the SCFB Annual Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC and at the SCFB YF&R Conference in Columbia, SC.

Excellence in Ag prizes are sponsored in part by the SC Farm Bureau Federation and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.




Click here to preview the sample application.

Click here for instructions on how to apply online.


Applicants must create a user account to access the online application portal.





Congratulations Zack Snipes!

Zack works for Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service in Charleston County where he serves as an area Food Crop Horticulture agent.  He assists producers, growers, and farmers with any aspect of their production including advising them on the technical aspects of producing a crop from preparing the soil to selling it to the end user.  Zack also serves as the Chair of the Charleston County Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, which he helped to start in 2016.  In his free time, Zack enjoys saltwater fishing, gigging, hunting, foraging for mushrooms, growing his own produce, cooking, and enjoying the waves and sand of the beach with his fiancée and two dogs, Lexi and Puppy.