The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) Young Farmer program supports Young Farmer Discussion Meets at the district and state levels for eligible Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35.
District finalists compete for the state title at MFB's annual meeting, and the state winner competes in the national contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting.
The Discussion Meet is one of the most popular Young Farmer activities. Beyond prestige and acclaim, state winners and finalists can earn high-value prizes from generous sponsor AIS Construction Equipment.
The Discussion Meet is a contest where participants freely discuss a current topic affecting the agriculture industry while practicing their public speaking and analytical skills.
The discussion is not a debate but rather a way to share ideas, identify the cause and effect of a problem, and evaluate and compare alternative solutions. Participants should attempt to cooperatively share ideas and further develop their understanding of the topic/issue.
Scoring is based on the following criteria:
Check out the 2017 Discussion Meet Contest Guide for full explanation and instructions.
The following are the 2017 Discussion Meet topics for District and State level contests.
Topics 1 and 2 below were discussed at the District level in 2017. At the State level, all four topics were discussed.
For information about Regional and State Youth Discussion Meets, visit our Youth Discussion Meet page.
Questions? Contact the MFB Regional Representative listed for the respective district.