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YF Discussion Meet registration still open

—By Mindy Reef
Public Relations Team

There is still time to register for the 2012 Young Farmer Discussion Meet, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at the IFB state convention.

The discussion meet simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic.

This year’s topics are:

  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?

In order to compete, participants must be IFB voting members between the ages of 18 and 35 as of Jan. 31, 2013, and they must also be Indiana residents engaged in production of agricultural products in Indiana. Current State Young Farmer Committee members and professional speakers (those who have been paid a fee, royalty or honorarium for speaking within 24 months) cannot participate.

Four state finalists will receive plaques and recognition during the awards program at the IFB state convention. The state winner receives a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to national convention. The three runners-up will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

For questions about the discussion meet, contact Bridget Johnson, bjohnson@infarmbureau.org or 317-692-7846. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 5. -

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