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.


These questions will be discussed during the Discussion Meet competition at the 2018 GFB Young Farmer & Rancher Summer Leadership Conference at Jekyll Island,  July 19-21, 2018.  The winner will advance to national Discussion Meet competition during the AFBF Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.


1. In our modern world, the rapid dissemination of information and opinion about agriculture and food technologies can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Given these challenges, how can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options?

2. As the Voice of Agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices? This includes, but is not limited to, women in agriculture, organic production, fresh produce, forestry and aquaculture.

3. Technology is one of the driving forces for innovation and advancement in agriculture. How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into agricultural careers?

4. Money talks. How can farmers implement market trends and develop responsive business plans to generate value-added ventures and farm profits?

5. Associate members are a driver of new ideas and support. How do we create membership value and broaden the base of supporters in the Farm Bureau family?


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.


For more information on participating in the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, please contact your county Farm Bureau office.