Farm Bureau offers new collegiate membership
September 7, 2011
Inviting a new generation of members, the California Farm Bureau Federation has announced a new membership category for students between the ages of 16 and 25. The "collegiate" membership category is now available for students enrolled in a post-high school education program such as a community college, four-year university or trade school.
"The new Farm Bureau collegiate membership provides an easy, inexpensive way for young people interested in careers in agriculture to connect with their peers, network with other Farm Bureau members and find their place within the farming and ranching community," CFBF President Paul Wenger said.
Collegiate Farm Bureau members receive access to an online version of Ag Alert®, the award-winning weekly newspaper covering California agriculture. Additionally, collegiate members will have access to scholarship information, internship opportunities and agricultural career information. Membership also includes a discount to register and attend the CFBF Annual Meeting and the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, and collegiate members may compete in the statewide Collegiate Discussion Meet sponsored by the Farm Bureau YF&R program.
"In order to continue to produce safe, nutritious food in the future, we need to encourage young people to pursue the full variety of agricultural careers, from actual farm and ranch production to lending to processing to communications and all other related fields," Wenger said. "The Farm Bureau collegiate membership will help young people stay connected and informed about issues and opportunities in California agriculture."
The collegiate membership classification is effective immediately, with an online application available at www.cfbf.com/joinfb/. Membership information is also available from county Farm Bureaus. Annual dues are $25. Gift memberships may be purchased. California residency is not required for membership.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of approximately 76,500 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of nearly 6.3 million Farm Bureau members.
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