A number of local teens recently attended the Texas Farm Bureau’s leadership conference at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Since 1963, more than 13,000 high school juniors and seniors have attended the annual conference that was formerly known as the Citizenship Seminar.
The event takes place each summer with the intent on giving selected high school students in Texas a better understanding of the various forms of government and their responsibilities as citizens. Students learn more about the different kinds of economic systems by way of lectures, discussions, and films. The conference runs three full days and is administered by local authorities in government, history, and economics with a high-level overview of the different kinds of economic systems. After returning home from the leadership conference, students are encouraged to meet with school and civic groups to share what they learned.
Those students who attend have been selected by county Farm Bureaus with the cooperation of local school officials. Their transportation, rooms, meals and a small tuition fee are financed by the sponsoring county Farm Bureaus, sometimes with cooperation of local service clubs. Recreation is also provided.
Another popular conference put on by the Texas Farm Bureau includes the Young Farmer and Rancher Program, which aims to identify, recruit and reward young people in agriculture all across the state. Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 have the opportunity to showcase their farm and ranch operations, highlight their agribusiness experience and discuss the problems facing agriculture. During the Young Farmer and Ranchers Fall Tour, participants have the chance to meet other young producers, tour various areas of the state, and learn about agriculture.
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