YF&R Discussion Meet


SCFB Members 18-35 who have an interest in and knowledge of agricultural issues.  For productive thinkers, problem solvers, motivational encouragers, agricultural enthusiasts.


The SCFB YF&R Discussion Meet is an annual competitive leadership development opportunity for YF&R members who take interest in discussing pressing agricultural issues.  The Discussion Meet recognizes individuals for their public speaking skills, group problem-solving abilities and knowledge of current agricultural issues.  The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting and/or the Farm Bureau policy development process where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The SCFB Organization Division will coordinate the program at the state level.  

Competitors are evaluated on their exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Successful participants are productive thinkers and assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps.

  1. Participants prepare thoughtful responses to questions that are provided in advance.
  2. On the day of the competition, participants take part in one round of discussion with 4-6 competitors before judges and an audience. Four participants will advance to the final round. 
  3. Participants are judged on Problem Solving, Analysis of Topic, Cooperative Attitude, Delivery, Opening Statement and Closing Statement. The Discussion Meet is intended to simulate a committee meeting and building consensus and problem solving is very important to this competition. 
  4. The winner and runner up will be determined by the judges after the final round. All competitors will be recognized during the Awards Program on Friday evening at the SCFB Annual Convention.

2018 Discussion Meet Competition

November 30, 2018

SCFB Annual Convention

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC




The winner will receive:

  • An EZ-GO Golf Cart provided in part by Garrett's Golf Cars & Specialty Vehicles
  • A voucher for up to $500 in STIHL merchandise provided by STIHL
  • An expense paid trip (required) to compete at the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA (January 11-16, 2019)
  • One-night stay at the SCFB YF&R Annual Leadership Conference in Columbia, SC (Saturday, January 26, 2019), and
  • An expense paid trip to the 2019 AFBF FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, WI on March 15-18, 2019.

The FINAL FOUR will receive:

  • A $250 VISA gift card

All participants will receive:

  • All participants will receive one night stay at the SC Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Myrtle Beach (Friday November 30, 2018).
  • All participants who do not advance to the Final Four will receive a $75 VISA gift card.

Discussion Meet prizes are sponsored in part by the SC Farm Bureau Federation and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.




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Click here for instructions on how to apply online.


Applicants must create a user account to access the online application portal.


Application Deadline is October 1!


The following resources are available for download and print, for those interested in preparing for and participating in the SCFB Discussion Meet.  Please note that same questions and materials will be used for the 2019 AFBF Discussion Meet.

  • 2018 YF&R Discussion Meet Questions

  • Best Practices Guide

  • Discussion Meet Manual

  • Training calls and recordings 

    Tuesday Training Schedule:

    • Tuesday, August 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET – General overview of the competition
    • Tuesday, August 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET – Question #1
    • Tuesday, August 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET – Question #2
    • Tuesday, August 28, at 8:00 p.m. ET – Question #3
    • Tuesday, September 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET – Question #4
    • Tuesday, September 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET – Question #5

Call Information:

All trainings will use the following toll-free number and passcode:

Toll-Free Number: 1-800-768-2983

Participant Passcode: 7870140#



Congratulations Case Chumley!

Case operates an ornamental landscape nursery in Spartanburg County as well as grows corn and hay and raises Charolaise beef cattle on his family farm.  Case currently serves as the Chair of both the Spartanburg County and the State Young Farmer and Rancher committees.  He has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Taryn, for 7 years and in his free time he enjoys traveling, attending Clemson games, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and spending time with friends. 

Contact Jessica Cabrera at jcabrera@scfb.org or Carrie Walker cwalker@scfb.org if you have any questions.