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Conference calls scheduled to help contestants prepare for Young Farmer Discussion Meet

Steve Gauck, winner of Indiana Farm Bureau’s 2011 discussion meet, competes in the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet during the AFBF annual meeting held last January in Hawaii. Photo by Kathleen M. Dutro
—By Tera Fair
Public Relations Intern

To help prepare contestants for state and national discussion meets, the American Farm Bureau Federation will be hosting a series of conference calls starting in August. Each call will be one hour in length and will include a speaker that is an industry expert on one of the five discussion meet questions. There will also be time to get questions answered during the calls.

Those who are interested may join the calls for any or all dates scheduled. Each call will be recorded and available on online after the calls have been completed.


The tentative training call schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. EDT

All calls will use the toll-free number 1-888-537-7715 and the passcode 96519540 #.

To be eligible to compete in the discussion meet, participants must be Farm Bureau members in good standing with their county Farm Bureau and between the ages of 18 and 35. Previous state winners, as well as past and present AFBF Young Farmer committee members, are ineligible to participate. Competitors must be actively involved in agriculture, and county, state and AFBF employees are not eligible.

2012-13 Discussion Meet Questions

  1. Certain sectors of agriculture are labor intensive and rely heavily on immigrant workers. What is a fair and balanced immigration policy?
  2. What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities (education, health care, technology) as a metropolitan community?
  3. How do we reach out to associate members to provide value to their membership?
  4. How should Farm Bureau help prepare its members – both young and old – for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers? What is Farm Bureau's role in encouraging more transfers?
  5. How can Farm Bureau play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools?
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