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

Over 1000 2nd Grade Students participated in the Marion County Farm Bureau’s 2018 Ag Ventures program.

Wednesday, February 21st - Thursday, February 22nd  and Friday, February 23rd ,
2nd graders from 15 different schools around Marion County experienced firsthand 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 planted seeds and learned the importance of being good stewards of the land; played marshmallow bingo while learning about beef cattle; met chicks, a duck and goose while learning about poultry; pet a horse 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 also learned about blueberries, goats, and rabbits, all by volunteers from within each industry.
The 2018 Ag Ventures program has been organized and funded by the Marion County Farm Bureau and is a cooperative effort between the Marion County Farm Bureau, the Marion County Public Schools, Southeastern Youth Fair and the local agriculture industry.

Agriculture Literacy Day

Over 130 Marion County teachers in at least 26 schools and more than 2,500 students participate.  

On Thursday, November 30th Marion County Farm Bureau supported the Annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day as volunteers read to kindergarten through fifth grade classes.  Marion County Farm Bureau,  invited farmers, growers, ranchers, Florida cattlemen and cattlewomen, University of Florida IFAS extension and 4-H agents, master gardeners, FFA teachers and students and agriculture industry representatives, and Farm Bureau members to read in elementary classrooms throughout our county.

The 15th annual Ag Literacy Day featured the third in a series of new non-fiction children's books that had been developed highlighting Florida’s agriculture.  This year’s topic was aquaculture and seafood industries. The book, Drive through Florida: Aquaculture and Seafood, featured the animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ and his new friend ‘Bobby Boat’ that highlighted beautiful bays and oceans.

In addition to reading to the students, volunteers provided teachers with a classroom copy of the book, lesson packets, bookmarks and goodies that have been provided by FAITC.  The book and materials are provided to readers for free thanks to funding FAITC receives from sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the ‘Ag Tag,’ and a donation from the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. 

Special guest Readers this year included: Commissioner Michelle Stone, Dr. Jonathan Grantham, Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction, MCPS, and University of Florida CALS (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences).

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.

Complete list of previous winners is available for download here.

Youth Speech Contest Information and Links

Each year the Marion County Women’s Committee sponsors a Youth Speech Contest for 14-18 year old students.  The intent of the contest is to promote a stronger interest and clearer understanding of agriculture among our youth.
The contest begins at the county level, and our winner will compete against the winners of each of the other counties within our district in district contests.  The district winners will compete at the Florida Farm Bureau state annual meeting in October.
Thirteen students took part and represented Belleview High, Lake Weir High, North Marion High, Vanguard High, Westport High and Homeschools. Cash prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
This year’s topic was:
“How has the introduction of agricultural mobile apps impacted the agriculture industry?”

1st Place:  Riley Rowe, Belleview High FFA
2nd Place: Kirsten Wickett, Westport High FFA
3rd Place: Kelsey Piorkowski, West Port High FFA

Special thank you to this year’s judges:
Mr. Jim Boyer, UF/IFAS Extension Executive Director
Mrs. Marilyn Grant, MCFB Women’s Committee
Mr. Joe O’Farrell, MCFB President


4-H Club Project Insurance Information and Links

Click here for a brochure about insuring your 4-H club project.




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