Young Farmer Discussion Meet
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.
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...
DISCUSSION MEET QUESTIONS FOR 2013
1. How should Farm Bureau engage farmer/rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e. conventional, organic, large, small and niche markets), to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?
2. How do we encourage young farmers and ranchers to continue to be involved in Farm Bureau? How can young producers lead even if they don't hold elected positions on boards?
3. What are the best practices for youth working on farms and ranches to ensure their safety and provide them learning opportunities in the area of agriculture production?
4. US agriculture is one of the major industries for the American economy. What can farmers do to stimulate more economic growth?
5. How can Young Farmers & Ranchers work with elected and appointed officials to eliminate unnecessary or excessive regulations placed upon agriculture while ensuring that new regulations are justified based on their costs and anticipated benefits?
Links to resources to aid in preparation for the discussion meet are available here.
For more information on participating in the Young Farmer Discussion Meet,
please contact your county Farm Bureau office.