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Texas Young Farmers Convention Contests
The 2017 TYF Board of Directors has worked hard to on the contests and activities for the 2018 YF Convention.

TYF members from across the state of Texas are encouraged to participate in the contests.  The purpose of these contests is to provide educational experiences that inspire participation of members in a rewarding, fun-filled competition.

Photography Contest:  (Updated 11-16-2017)

You will be allowed one (1) 8x10 matted picture per category, per paid member is allowed.  Each picture should be classified by the member submitting the picture.  
All pictures must be from TEXAS - The categories are:
(1) Agriculture at Work - People involved in agricultural tasks
(2) Agricultural Leisure - People involved in recreational time activities
(3) Agriculture Animals - Domesticated animals, no people
(4) Agriculture Equipment - Ag Equipment, no people
(5) Agriculture Landscape - Landscape with no people, animals or equipment
(6) Agriculture Wildlife - Non-domesticated wildlife
(7) Agriculture Future - Young People involved in Ag activity, ages 12 and below

If the judge determines the picture is not in the correct category, it will not be judged.  All Photos become the property of the State Association.

Farm and Ranch Management Contest:

This is an opportunity for individuals to test their farm management skills. A seminar reviewing the contest and its topics is planned just prior to the test. A written test is then given to determine the winners. Bring your calculators! The seminar and contest will be conducted on the Saturday of convention.

Agriculture Expressions Contest:

2018 Convention Topics
          (1) Increasing Food Production While Minimizing the Environmental Footprint
          (2) New Government Mandates and Regulations and their Effect on Agriculture
          (3) Availability and Price of Land for Agricultural Expansion
          (4) Stability, Development and Fluctuations in in Global Financial Markets
          (5) Development and Use of Bio-based Fuels
          (6) Agricultural Water Quality Management for the Future
          (7) International Trade Expansion and its Effect on Agriculture
          (8) Biotechnology & Labeling in Food Production
          (9) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Involvement in Agriculture
        (10) Food Safety Issues in Current Food Production Methods

   Essays are to be 300-400 words and turned in at the time of registration.

Basket Contest:

The basket contest is open to all CHAPTERS and this year the basket will be a "Bushel Basket" and all contents must be contained in the container and the contents from the bottom to the highest point cannot be over 24 inches in height.  You may decorate or paint the outside however you like.  Reminder - all proceeds from the sale of the Baskets go towards the Scholarship Fund.

Baskets Examples:

Spokesperson for Agriculture:

This is a contest that we have had no entries in the last couple of years but it is a contest that we need to have at the Convention because speaking out for agriculture is very important these days as many persons are not familiar with agriculture and legislation taking places in our capitals.  The person should prepare a speech for a length of not less than five minutes and not longer than 8 minutes and will be asked questions at the end of the speech.  Topics for speeches this year are (1) Farm Business; (2) Plant Science; (3) Animal Science; and (4) Agricultural Mechanics.



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