Discussion Meet Contest
The Discussion Meet is a group discussion designed to offer young farmers and ranchers the opportunity to discuss issues affecting agriculture today. It is not a debate or a speech contest – it simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation is expected from each participant.
Discussion Meet Procedure
- The topic chosen will be announced to the participants 30 minutes before the contest begins.
- When the contest begins, the moderator will introduce the contestants and restate the topic to be discussed. The contestants will make a 30 second opening statement in voluntary order.
- The moderator will then indicate the opportunity for open discussion, which will run for a total of 25 minutes.
- The timekeeper will indicate to the moderator when a total of 20 minutes have elapsed, and then again at 25 minutes.
- The moderator will call for one minute of quiet time to allow the contestants to consider a closing statement.
- The moderator will call upon the contestants in voluntary order to make a one-minute closing statement.
Rules of Eligibility
- Contestants must be a Farm Bureau member in good standing with their county Farm Bureau and actively engaged in farming.
- Contestants must be at least 18 and no more than 35 years of age as of January 31, 2023.
- Entries are due by January 28, 2022.
If entries are sufficient, a preliminary contest will be held. The top four entrants would then advance to the final state contest. The contests will be held at the 2022 YF&R Leadership Conference on February 11-13, 2022.
The state winner will be recognized at the MOFB Annual Meeting, December 4-6, 2022 and will receive a cash award and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Juan, P.R., in January 2023, where they will represent Missouri in the national contest.
2022 Discussion Meet Questions
- How can Farm Bureau improve its effectiveness at recruiting YF&R members and increasing participation in YF&R programs?
- COVID revealed several cracks involving the processing of livestock. How can Farm Bureau policy support easing government regulations to ensure long-term economic viability for local animal processing facilities, while ensuring the health of workers and that a healthy product is still delivered to consumers?
- Studies show more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health issues. What can farmers, ranchers and Farm Bureau do to proactively promote good mental health in both themselves and their communities?
- Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries. What can we, as young farmers and ranchers, do to create a more preventative, rather than reactive, approach to farm safety in our communities?
- As the world population increases, so will the need for renewable resources. On a local level and across the globe, how can Farm Bureau help farmers and ranchers continue to increase their efficiency in the use of valuable resources and transition to “Green Energy” practices on their farm or ranch?