2019 Discussion Meet Finalists

Apply for 2020 Discussion Meet by Oct. 23

Farm Bureau’s annual Discussion Meet competition is intended to develop young agricultural professionals’ skills in working through thoughtful, courteous discussion to solve problems.

This competitive event simulates 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 (listed below). Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

Apply by Oct. 23, 2019.


  • Must be a farmer/voting member of a county Farm Bureau.
  • Must be 18-35 years of age prior to Jan. 31, 2021.
  • Must not have received a public speaking fee or honorarium in the past 24 months.
  • Previous state winners and current Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team members are ineligible.
  • Past and present members of the AFBF YF&R Committee may not apply.

2020 Discussion Meet Topics, Competition & Awards

SEMI-FINALS take place Dec. 4, 2019 at Ohio Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Columbus. Rounds 1 and 2 will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Contestants will receive a free registration to the annual meeting.

Semi-Final Round 1 Question: 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?

Semi-Final Round 2 Question: 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?


Four finalists will be chosen to compete Jan. 31, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the YAP Winter Leadership Conference in Columbus and will receive one free registration to the conference.

Final Round Question: 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?


  • $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance
  • Expense-paid trip to OFBF Annual Meeting including one-night’s lodging
  • Expense-paid trip to AFBF Annual Convention Jan. 17-22, 2021 in San Diego.

Apply by Oct. 23, 2019.

Contact the county Farm Bureau office for more information about the Discussion Meet or Young Agricultural Professionals programming.

Online extras

Victoria Popp is the 2019 Discussion Meet winner and will represent Ohio at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin in January 2020.

The 2019 Discussion Meet finalists were guests on Town Hall Ohio. (They are pictured in the feature photo: Andrew “Dewey” Mann of Ashville, Victoria Popp of Cincinnati, Jeremy Trester of Hamersville and Micaela Wright of Arcanum.)

American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet information.