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 Rewarding the Next Generation of Agriculture

Are you a young, beginning, or small (YBS) farmer working hard to be outstanding in your field? Then you should apply for a GROW your AgriRoots award for a chance at a $10,000 prize! 

Capital Farm Credit is hosting the inaugural GROW your AgriRoots award competition for young, beginning, or small (YBS) agricultural operators. This award program was created to honor outstanding farm and agribusiness owner-operators within the agricultural community, who excel in their field. Selection of winners are based on their efforts in agriculture, financial character, leadership, community involvement, participation in continuing education or training and sustainability practices.   

The program will offer up to two $10,000 awards to the top contestants.

Applications are currently closed. Check back soon!


How do I know if I qualify to apply for the -for the GROW your AgriRoots Award?

All applicants must be existing Capital Farm Credit members and fit into at least one of the following categories: between 18 and 35 years of age, operate a farm with annual gross ag income less than $250,000, or a beginning farmer with at least one year of experience, but no more than 10 years' experience as a farmer, rancher or agribusiness owner.


Can I apply as a part-time farmer, rancher or agribusiness owner?



How many awards will be presented?

Up to two $10,000 awards.


Are the award funds taxable?

Yes, the award money is taxable. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.


Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact the Vice President and Director of YBS Lending, Allyson Tjoelker, at [email protected] or 979-822-3018 ext. 7879.


Who should be included in my application photo?

You should attach a professional photo of yourself and co-applicant, if applicable.


Is there anyone who is not eligible to apply?

Anyone who is not currently a CFC member and does not fall into the Y, B, or S category, as defined above, is not eligible to apply. 

Officers, Directors, and employees of the Sponsor, Capital Farm Credit, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, their agents, press/media representatives, and the immediate family members of these entities are not eligible to apply. Family means spouse, parents, siblings, children, mothers- and fathers-in-law, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and sons- and daughters-in-law.


Who will judge and evaluate my application?

An independent panel of qualified judges will review all applications in both Phase 1 (application) and Phase 2 (interview) of the review process.


Can I apply as a single applicant? Can I apply as a co-applicant?

Yes, you can apply as a single applicant, or you can apply with a business partner. The application should only reflect the efforts of the named applicants.


Are past winners eligible to apply?

Winners from the previous year are not eligible to apply. A minimum of one-year must be skipped before applying again.





GYAR Logo (600 × 400 px) Lone Star Oyster Co

2023 GROW Your AgriRoots Winner: Blake and Stephanie Branson of Lone Star Oyster Co.

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2023 GROW Your AgriRoots Winner: Kade and Morgan Hodges of Hodges Livestock