The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) Young Farmer program supports Youth Discussion Meets at the regional and state levels for 4-H and FFA members, dependents of Farm Bureau members or students interested in agriculture.
Six regional contests occur in the fall. From each region, the top three individuals will be chosen to compete at the state contest. Regional finalists compete for the state title at the State Youth Discussion Meet held during the Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
A prize will be awarded to the 18 state contestants and certificates will be awarded to the top six contestants.
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:
Complete the registration form and return it to the Young Farmer Department by the regional contest registration due date listed below.
2017 Youth Discussion Meet Contest Guide
2017 Youth Discussion Meet Topics