Young Ag Professionals

The RIFB Young Ag Professionals program provides leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms & expand our opportunities in ag. In 2019, we changed our name from the Young Farmers and Ranchers to better reflect the broad careers that make up agriculture and its support system. Where would farmers be without veterinarians, equipment manufacturers, animal nutritionists, plant scientists, bio-engineers and more? We all make up agriculture and the goal of renaming our group is to encourage young people in all areas of agriculture and it’s associated fields to join us. We are a part of the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher program.

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Young Ag Professionals Committee  2024-2025

Maggie LaPrise is the 2024-2025 Young Ag Professionals Chairperson for Rhode Island Farm Bureau. Maggie is no stranger to Rhode Island Agriculture. She is currently a Junior at Penn State-World Campus where she is getting her Bachelors in Ag Business. Maggie also works full time on her family’s dairy farm and helps to manage the newly opened EMMA Acres Farm Stand. Growing up she was an active member in the SRI 4-H Dairy Club and has been the Dairy Quiz Bowl Coach for the last two years. While Maggie was a student at URI, she worked in the State 4-H Office, which gave her the opportunity to see all the areas of 4-H and how diverse the programs are. Not every project area is animal-focused like hers had always been. This experience also helps Maggie in leading the YAP program. Rhode Island agriculture is very diverse, and the young professionals come from all different agricultural backgrounds which makes the programs very unique. Maggie is excited about what she and her fellow Executive Committee members have planned for this year, and she hopes to see a lot of Young Ag Professionals get out there and get involved!

Hi everyone!  My name is Meg Quinn, I am the Vice-Chair of Young Ag Professionals. I grew up on a small farm raising turkeys, layer hens and a few beef cows here and there.  I recently received a USDA Youth Loan and was able to start my dream flower farm.  I have always enjoyed working with plants and flowers growing up, so I was happy for the opportunity to start my own business with cut flowers.  I am currently a senior studying Elementary Education/Special Education at RIC. I am excited to be a part of the Young Ag Professionals and to work with my team to plan some awesome events!