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Young Farmer Discussion Meet

Today's Voices.  Tomorrow's Solutions.

The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting, where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet will take place December 9 & 10 at State Convention at Fort Wayne.

Registration for the Discussion Meet can be completed through the State Convention registration form, which will be online this fall. AFBF has provided five questions. Contestants will be asked to prepare for five questions with one question not being used during the competition at State Convention. Significant monetary prizes, as well as other opportunities are available to winners of these contests.

Four state finalists receive plaques and recognition during the awards program at the INFB State Convention in December.

The state winner will receive:

  • $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
  • All expenses paid trip to AFBF Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona January 8-11, 2017.
  • The three runners-up receive a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

2017 Discussion Meet Questions:

  1. American agriculture depends on a foreign-born labor force. How would you draft a national immigration policy?
  2. How can we ensure that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, are driving the management of natural resources
  3. How can we as farmers and ranchers maintain “ownership” of our intellectual and proprietary information? (Big data, unmanned aerial vehicles, unauthorized videos)
  4. The nation’s tax policy has become increasingly complicated and cumbersome. What should a balanced and beneficial tax policy look like for agriculture?
  5. Today’s food companies employ many tactics to gain a marketing edge. What is the purpose of food labels? How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that consumers understand the labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?

*These questions will be discussed at the 2017 AFBF Annual Convention and the FUSION Conference.


Discussion Meet Resources

Liz Stitzel

2017 Discussion Meet Winner
Liz Stitzel, Clinton County