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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 2017 GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference at Jekyl Island, and at the AFBF Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.


1. Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?


2. With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?


3. Formation of family farm corporations is common practice. How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that the public’s positive perception of the family farm is not lost?


4. How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?


5. How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?



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.




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.