2019 Discussion Meet contestants

2021 Discussion Meet seeking contestants

The Discussion Meet is a competitive event, fashioned as a committee meeting, where participants are judged on their exchange of ideas and information on a predetermined topic. 

Contestants will find they:

  • Enhance their skills in working together through thoughtful, courteous discussion to solve problems.
  • Come to understand important agricultural issues; explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

2021 Competition Topics

Semi-Final Round 1 Question: The increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters creates additional risk for farmers and ranchers. What tools and production practices can be engaged to reduce climate and weather risks?

Semi-Final Round 2 Question: Connectivity underpins the modern economy. What mix of investment and policy initiatives can provide reliable broadband access to farmers, ranchers and rural America?

Final Round Question: International trade is important to agriculture. We must continue working to build strong relations with existing customers while seeking out new trade partners to strengthen market stability. How can we enhance existing and establish new and diverse foreign trading partners?

Schedule

Semi-finals
Dec. 10, 2020
Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Columbus. 

Rounds take place at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Finals

Four finalists will compete Jan. 22, 2021 as part of the YAP Winter Leadership Experience, Columbus

Prizes

– $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance.

– Expense-paid trip to OFBF Annual Meeting December 2020 in Columbus and American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in San Diego, January 2021

Eligibility

Must be an active/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 State Committee are ineligible.

Past and present members of the AFBF YF&R Committee may not apply.

Apply online by September 2020. Contact Kelsey Turner, [email protected] or 614-246-8218 for more information.