Watch this video of a state Young Farmer Discussion Meet in action.
Farm Bureau's strength depends on the ability of its members to analyze agricultural issues and decide on effective, reasonable solutions. The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a competitive activity designed to build these crucial skills in young, active agricultural leaders at the collegiate level.
The competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a predetermined topic. Judges look for the contestant who:
By participating, Collegiate Farm Bureau members 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.
The MSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet typically takes place during the fall semester on the Michigan State University campus.
In addition to the following prizes, the first-place winner is eligible to compete in the Collegiate Discussion Meet sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The national competition takes place at the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference.
The MSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet is similar to the national format, which is outlined in the AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet Manual. The Collegiate Discussion Meet questions that will be used for the 2014 contest are available for review.
For more information, email Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Department Manager Jason Jaekel or call 800-292-2680, ext. 3234.
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