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The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers constructive criticism, cooperation, and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.





These questions will be discussed at the 2015 GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference at Jekyl Island, and at the AFBF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.


1. How should Farm Bureau protect and encourage producers’ ability to use new technology? How can Farm Bureau work with government and the public to ensure public acceptance while encouraging innovation?


2. Should we draft policy to protect livestock producers from false accusations regarding animal welfare? What could it look like?


3. How do we balance agriculture’s water needs with maintaining vibrant communities? How do historical water rights influence this discussion?


4. How do we get the public to support right-to-farm laws? Should these laws be determined on the state or the federal level?


5. How can we influence state nd local policy that more effectively balances the social and economic interests of farmers and ranchers versus burdensome federal regulation?



If you're a Georgia Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35, and would like to participate in the Discussion Meet competition, download the Discussion Meet Registration Form.



The 2015 AFBF Young Farmer Discussion Meet Manual is available here.



In this video, GFB Young Farmer Coordinator Jed Evans, provides some strategies and tips to help you compete and win in the Discussion Meet...




Chad Carlton, a Polk County farmer who reached the final four of the American Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet in 2008, offers advice for prospective participants...



Samples of Opening Statements...



HIghlights from previous competitions, and samples of closing statements...




For more information on participating in the Young Farmer Discussion Meet,

please contact your county Farm Bureau office.