Regular YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meet competitions in November
–Competitions in Sheridan, Application Deadline Oct. 25, 2018
Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35 and college students in Wyoming are invited to participate in the 2018 Discussion Meet competitions. There are two different competitions that will be held during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting in Sheridan in November. The first competition is the Regular WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet; Farm Bureau regular members between the ages of 18-35 are eligible. The second competition is the WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet; any student attending a Wyoming college is eligible.
Being an advocate for agriculture is more important now than ever and should be a part of everyone’s business plan. Develop your leadership and advocacy skills and meet other young farmers and ranchers from around the state and around the nation by participating in the YF&R Discussion Meet competitions.
Regular YF&R Discussion Meet
This competition will be held Friday, Nov. 9 during the General Session of the WyFB Annual Meeting.
The state winner receives a $500 cash prize and an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Jan. 11-16, 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Collegiate YF&R Discussion Meet
Any Wyoming college student with an interest in agriculture is eligible to participate. A major in agriculture is not required for competition. The state winner receives a $300 cash prize and an expense paid trip to the AFBF March 15-18, 2019 national competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to compete for college scholarships.
Topics and rules are available at wyfb.org. Regular Discussion Meet applications and Collegiate Discussion Meet applications must be postmarked by Oct. 25, 2018. Contact WyFB YF&R Coordinator Kerin Clark at 307.532.2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
YF&R Discussion Meet Questions
1. In our modern world, the rapid dissemination of information and opinion about agriculture and food technologies can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Given these challenges, how can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options?
2. As the Voice of Agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices? This includes, but is not limited to, women in agriculture, organic production, fresh produce, forestry and aquaculture.
3. Technology is one of the driving forces for innovation and advancement in agriculture. How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into agricultural careers?
4. Money talks. How can farmers implement market trends and develop responsive business plans to generate value-added ventures and farm profits?
5. Associate members are a driver of new ideas and support. How do we create membership value and broaden the base of supporters in the Farm Bureau family?