LANSING, Nov. 25 — Four Young Farmers will face off virtually in Michigan Farm Bureau’s Final Four Discussion Meet on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 pm, livestreamed on MFB’s Facebook Page. The winner will be announced on Dec. 2 at 12:45 pm during MFB’s State Annual Meeting. The announcement will also be available on Michigan Farm Bureau’s Facebook page.
Competing for the coveted award are:
The Final Four Discussion Meet contestants reached this pinnacle after competing against a total of 81 peers from 35 counties at the district-level. The results of those sessions led to the field of 26 who competed in this year’s virtual state-level event on Nov. 23 and 24.
This year's discussion topics addressed four current issues of concern among the agricultural community:
The winner of MFB’s 2020 Young Farmer Discussion Meet will receive $2,000 sponsored by AIS Equipment and will represent Michigan — again, virtually — in the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet in January 2021.
Each of the four state finalists will receive a Yeti Cooler, $400 cash prize, and branded luggage sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau Health Services and the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture.
Discussion Meets are competitions that simulate a committee meeting in which conversation and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. 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.