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Young Farmers and Ag Professionals

Young Farmers and Ag Professionals are agricultural producers, other ag  professionals and ag enthusiasts 18-35 years old who are…

Growing through action

  • Acquiring cutting-edge information through participation in educational conferences;
  • Building a network with fellow farmers, ranchers, and agricultural enthusiasts;
  • Earning recognition for their achievements in business and excellence and leadership success; and
  • Continuing their professional development and personal growth.

Leading through service

  • Providing workable solutions for issues affecting agriculture;
  • Influencing public policies that affect agriculture now and in the future;
  • Sharing the story of agriculture with diverse audiences; and
  • Serving their communities by volunteering and making a difference.

Still have questions?

Send an email to njyoungfarmers@gmail.com

Or, call us at 609-393-7163

New Jersey Farm Bureau YF&AP Officers

Tom Knezick grew up on his family’s native plant nursery Pinelands Nursery & Supply in Columbus, NJ (Burlington County).  He became interested in the agricultural and the nursery industry as a child when he planted his first pussy willow at age 2. Tom’s current role is as the Production Analyst at Pinelands Nursery where his primary focus is business strategy and branding.  He also owns and operates an online garden center with his wife Melissa.  Tom is also a member of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors and the Atlantic Seed Association Executive Committee.

Rebekah Alstede grew up as the second generation at Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ. Throughout her experience in agriculture she has been involved with Farm Bureau at the state and national level and additionally at the collegiate level at Delaware Valley University where she continued to compete at the national Discussion Meet. She is currently finishing two degrees in Agricultural Business and Sustainable Agriculture and plans to take over ownership of her family farm. 

Although she has a deep rooted love for agriculture- she did not grow up on a farm, but she did get there as fast as she could. This led her to join FFA in high school and then graduated from Delaware Valley University with an undergrad in Agribusiness Management with a focus in dairy, livestock, and equine in 3 short years in May 2022; to be followed by a master’s degree in May 2023.

Outside of her position with YFAP, she serves as Treasurer for Burlington County Board of Ag Women’s Committee, an active voting member to New Jersey Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, and is actively involved with her county Board of Agriculture. 

She also enjoys connecting with local producers in the area as she is a Farm Service Agency Program Technician for the USDA office in her hometown. Even though she is not actively participating on a farm, you can find her riding tractors in parades, at her county fair, and connecting with farmers all across her county!

 

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