Excellence in Agriculture Award

Excellence in Agriculture Award

The Excellence in Agriculture Award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are actively engaged in their community and effectively advocate for agriculture. Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agricultural issues, leadership experiences and achievement, and their ability to communicate the importance of agriculture. Competitors for this award must not have earned the majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years. 

The top 3 finalists will receive: 

  • $500 cash
  • A one-night stay at the 2024 SCFB Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach on December 6, 2024
  • A one-night stay at the 2025 SCFB YF&R Conference in Hilton Head on February 7, 2025

In addition, the winner or winning couple will receive:

  • Up to $8,000 toward the purchase of a new ATV
  • An opportunity to attend the 2025 AFBF YF&R Fusion Conference in Denver, CO, March 7-10, 2025 
  • A one-night stay at the SCFB Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach on December 5, 2025 to be highlighted as the 2025 winner
  • The opportunity to compete (required) at the 2026 American Farm Bureau (AFBF) Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA, on January 9-13, 2026 

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


Find more information about contest eligibility, rules, and judging through the online application portal. 

Sample PDF Application 

Application Rubric & Scoring Guide 

Presentation Rubric & Scoring Guide 

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2024 Excellence in Ag Award Winner
Nicole Burbage - Berkeley County  

Nicole Burbage - Berkeley County

2023 Excellence in Ag Winner

" You're not going to find another organization that has agriculture's best interest in it like Farm Bureau. It's a good grassroots organization that starts at the county level and works its way up, so real world issues aren't going to be overlooked. "

Michael Plumblee - Newberry County

2022 Excellence in Ag Winner

" Agriculture has always opened doors for me. "

Cadie Giba - McCormick County

2021 Excellence in Ag Winner

" Farm Bureau allows us to give back to our community with farming, not only on a local level but now on a state level. "

Kara Pendarvis - Dorchester County