Discussion Meet Contest

The Discussion Meet preliminaries will take place on February 7th and finals on February 8th during the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference. If you will be under the age of 35 on January 31st, 2021 and you are a Missouri Farm Bureau member, you are eligible to participate! Please use the form below to register.

If you have any questions about the Discussion Meet call the Missouri Farm Bureau home office at 573-893-1411.

Registration Deadline: End of Business on January 25, 2020



1st Place

  • $500 cash award sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
  • $500 cash award sponsored by Ford
  • An expense paid trip to the 2021 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA to represent Missouri in the national contest

2nd Place

  • $200 cash award

3rd Place

  • $100 cash award



  1. How can Farm Bureau build upon collaborative relationships such as Farm Town Strong to combat nationwide crises such as opioid dependence/addiction and mental health issues?
  2. Products like cell-based food products have demonstrated the food system is rapidly changing. How can future food technologies and related products be beneficially integrated into modern agricultural production without hampering the success of traditional products and the farmers and ranchers who grow them?
  3. The customer is always right. How do farmers and ranchers think and respond, through the lens of consumer priorities and marketing trends, to build common values and confidence in modern production methods to build consumer acceptance?
  4. With abundant productivity, farmers are in need of new markets, including outside traditional food and feed channels. How do we develop, invest and commercialize to innovate new uses of agricultural products and by-products to benefit all of agriculture?
  5. The 21st-century agricultural economy is threatened by labor shortages. Without a clear solution for accessing foreign guest workers as a component of immigration reform coming from Congress, what are some creative and legal ways for agriculture to address the labor needs of a modern production system?

Register for the Contest