Youth Development - Kentucky Farm Bureau

Youth Development

KFB Youth Development


Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarships

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Scholarships may be applied to tuition, housing, books, and other educational expenses.  Payments will be made directly to the college, university, or proprietary school of your choice.

To be eligible, applicant must:

  • Be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force
  • Finish high school within the year they apply for the scholarship
  • For the Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship, applicant's parents must be actively engaged in production ag

Those not eligible are the children of:

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Claims Personnel
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau State Board Directors
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau State & District Employees
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau State Women's Advisory Committee Members

Please note: Children of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Managers, Agents, Agency Secretaries and CSRs are only eligible for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association Scholarship and should utilize this application to apply for the scholarship.


  • Recipient may enter any accredited college or trade school
  • Recipient must enter college as a beginning freshman no later than the fall semester following high school graduation, unless a circumstance beyond the student's control, such as serious illness or injury, prevents enrollment at that time.  In such a case, recipient must enter college by the spring semester of the following year.
  • Dropping out of school, except for serious illness or injury, shall cause the recipient to lose the scholarship.  
  • Winner must be a full-time student each semester unless an exception is requested in writing and approved.
  • Winner is required to annually furnish a transcript before additional monies are sent to the college.
  • Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 after each semester or forfeit the award.  (Only beginning freshmen will be given a second chance to improve their overall GPA.)
  • All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) ON FEBRUARY 29, 2024
  • The scholarship committee will make the final determination on all cases concerning the interpretation of these rules.  All applications become the property of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation and will not be returned.




Ag in the Classroom

Agriculture In The Classroom is a nationwide program to help students in grades K-12 gain a broad-based knowledge of the food and fiber system. Agriculture is the number one industry in the state and over 400,000 Kentucky jobs are agriculture-related.

  • Regional Teacher Workshops - For over twenty years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has provided educators with a variety of teacher training and professional development opportunities designed to better enable participants to incorporate agriculture into their daily core curriculum. More specifically, teachers learn the value of using agricultural related material to teach Mathematics, Social Studies, English and Science through real life application. For more information regarding these and other available agricultural literacy opportunities, please contact Scott Christmas at or via phone at (502) 495-5000.   
  • Farm Bureau Volunteers - Assist in planning farm tours and school ag fairs, make classroom presentations and inform you about new ag education programs.
  • Lesson Plans - The Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, Inc. works with agricultural, environmental, and educational partners to produce and distribute Kentucky-based and standards-aligned resources and programs that showcase how our Kentucky farmers utilize our natural resources to produce sustainable food and renewable goods. All our lessons and programs can be used as teaching supplements in all subject areas. More information can be found at
  • Excellence in Ag Literacy Award - This award is designed to recognize and reward teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core academic studies..


Lauren Schmitt from Livingston County

For the past thirty seven years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been investing in our state’s youth through the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) Program. IFAL is a unique five-day summer leadership conference that exposes students to college life and explores different fields of study for careers in agriculture. IFAL allows high school juniors to choose between separate conferences at two of Kentucky’s premier universities. This year’s IFAL conferences will be held June 9-13, 2024, at Murray State University in Murray and June 23-27, 2024, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  

The IFAL program helps students become more familiar with Farm Bureau, promote agricultural-related career choices, provide leadership development opportunities, and promote each participating university. 

IFAL Guidelines:

  • Students may state their preference concerning which IFAL session they wish to attend. However, stating a preference does not guarantee selection to a specific conference. No one will be assigned to an IFAL conference they did not initially select without personal contact with, and approval from, the student or a family member.
  • The conference is only for students who are currently high school juniors.
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau and the universities will only accept the 45 most qualified applicants for each IFAL conference, so be selective in whom you nominate. The student must be enrolled in a pre-college curriculum.
  • Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2024 to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 
  • Students should be transported to and from IFAL by a parent, guardian, youth advisor or Farm Bureau representative. If a student drives, his or her car keys must be given to the Farm Bureau representative on-site for safekeeping.
  • Approval for each student applying will be asked via email to a county Farm Bureau official for acceptance. The county’s approval is their guarantee to pay for the student’s registration for the program. County Farm Bureaus will be invoiced following the IFAL conferences.  Please do not send payment prior to receiving an invoice. The fee is $400.00 per participant.

If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Nash at (502) 495-5000, ext. 37374, or via e-mail at

2024 IFAL Application


KYFB LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Agricultural Development)LEAD (Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development) provides leadership training for young members who want to increase their leadership effectiveness. Since 1998, more than 200 outstanding young men and women from across the state have participated in this intensive learning experience focusing on political involvement, effective communication, personal development and Farm Bureau involvement.

The LEAD program is open to any Farm Bureau member between the ages of 25-40 who demonstrates leadership potential. An informational brochure can be found below. 

Farm Bureau has always supported the development of young agricultural leaders. Through the LEAD Program, up to 16 young Farm Bureau members will have the opportunity to spend two years developing both personally and professionally.


LEAD Brochure

Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth

Ty Jones from Allen County and Brooklyn Felts from Nicholas County are the winners of the 2023 Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest. 

The purpose of the Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth Contest is to promote youth involvement in county Farm Bureau activities and to recognize leadership, achievements and awards in their schools and communities.

Contestants must...

  • Must be 14 years old at the time of the county contest, but not have reached 19 years old, by January 1 of the following year;
  • Be a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau and represent the county in which the parent/guardian has their membership;  
  • Submit a contest application, along with a certified copy of school grades for the past two years and a listing of extra-curricular activities, to the women's chair of his/her county Farm Bureau by the deadline;  
  • Represent the county at the district contest held between October and November annually;  
  • Represent his/her district at the state competition at the Kentucky Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting in Louisville in early December, if selected as one of the 11 district finalists (male and female).

There are two areas of competition:

  • Personal interview
  • 2-minute prepared speech related to agriculture or Farm Bureau

Contestants will be judged by three people with backgrounds in youth work and/or agriculture.

OFBY Prizes

  • County/District Awards - Prizes awarded in varying amounts.
  • District Awards - Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth Winners - $100*
  • State Awards-All state contestants will receive a 26" wheeled duffel bag

*Participation in the state contest is a requirement to be awarded this prize.


  •  $3,500 scholarship 
  •  Watch
  •  Luggage
  •  Trip to Washington, DC on the Congressional Tour in February


  • Portfolio
  • $300


  • $100

2024 OFBY Application 

2024 OFBY Handbook

Variety Showcase

Phoebe White of Laurel County performed before a live audience during the December 6 general session of Kentucky Farm Bureau
Phoebe White of Laurel County performed before a live audience during the general session of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville.

The purpose of the Variety Showcase is to recognize winners of the district variety contests and to give winners an opportunity to gain valuable experience performing before audiences. Contestants must...

  • Be 9 years old at the time of the county contest, but not have reached 19 years old, by January 1st of the following year;
  • Be a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau and represent the county in which the parent/guardian has their membership (for group acts, 50% of the group members must meet this requirement);
  • Submit an application to the county Farm Bureau women's chair by the deadline;
  • Represent the district at the state variety showcase at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, in Louisville, if selected as a district winner.

District variety contests are held in conjunction with the Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth competition. The variety act may be in any performance area: vocal, instrumental, dance or drama. An act can represent the district only one year at the state variety showcase.

Variety Showcase Prizes

  • County/District Awards - Prizes awarded at the discretion of the county/district.
  • State Awards - All 11 district acts perform at the KFB State Annual Meeting. Each act is awarded $250 at the conclusion of the program.

Variety Showcase Application

Student Agriculture Science Exhibit

Eligibility & Purpose of Exhibit:
In order to encourage more teachers to incorporate agriculture themes in their classroom instruction, especially in science, Kentucky Farm Bureau offers students in grades 4-8 an opportunity to participate in the trade show of its annual meeting which attracts approximately 2, 000 Farm Bureau members from across the state. Other groups such as 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are also eligible.

Judging Criteria:
Eleven student representatives from across the state will be selected to exhibit their agriculture science projects at the trade show. There is no limit on the number of applications submitted per county, however, only one representative will be chosen per district to participate at the KFB Annual Meeting Trade Show.

Selection of the science exhibits will be based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity - 25 points
  • Skill - 15 points
  • Agricultural Accuracy - 20 points
  • Scientific Thought - 25 points
  • Clarity & Thoroughness - 15 points

The following types of projects may be selected: experiment, demonstration, research, apparatus or collection. Students are encouraged to enter projects which they may have completed for science fairs earlier in the school year. A separate project does not have to be completed specifically for this event. Projects may be from these categories:

  • Biological Sciences (Plant or Animal)
  • Environmental Sciences (Natural Resources, Earth Sciences, Energy Production and Management)
  • Food Sciences and Nutrition
  • Engineering Sciences

Science Exhibit Prizes
Each student exhibitor will receive $125 and a recognition plaque for participation in the trade show. Participation in the trade show, during the KFB State Annual Meeting in December, is a requirement to be awarded the prize.

Ag Science Exhibit Application


Regional Teachers Workshops