YF&R Discussion Meet Training Series

May 01, 2023 - August 07, 2023

This series will have everything you need to prepare to compete in the 2023 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition held at the SCFB Annual Meeting in December. Join the SCFB YF&R team and guest speakers to learn more about the 2023 YF&R Discussion Meet topics.

Date Topic/Link

May 22

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Discussion Meet Overview

Discussion will include:
- What is the Discussion Meet?
- 2023 Discussion Meet Questions
- Where to Find Resources to Study
- Zoom Training Call Schedule
- Timeline for Competition
- Testimonials from Former Award Winners
- Time for Q&A

June 5

7:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

Training Question #1
Production agriculture requires a lot of capital. Young farmers and ranchers face challenges gaining access to the capital they need to start or grow their operations. What tools are currently available, and what new programs could be introduced, to help young people access financial resources—and make sound financial decisions—to run their farms and ranches?

June 19

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Training Question #2
Working with elected officials, in all levels of government, is critical to advancing public policy that supports farmers and ranchers. How can Farm Bureau help elected leaders better understand the challenges of the agriculture sector and the importance of supporting the financial viability of America’s family farms and ranches?

July 10

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Training Question #3
What is sustainable agriculture and how can Farm Bureau help farmers and ranchers access market-based solutions that advance sustainability goals without restricting their ability to stock America’s pantries, help feed a growing population and maintain farm profitability?

July 24

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Training Question #4
Farmers and ranchers across the country are diverse in not only the goods they produce, but also in the ways they raise and market them. Farm Bureau’s role is to broadly represent all producers. How can our organization further welcome and engage diverse agricultural communities and cultivate dynamic future Farm Bureau leaders?

August 7

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Training Question #5
Agriculture uses water for everything from growing crops, raising livestock and moving products to and from farms and ranches. Water issues are often hotly debated, are unique to each region and can pose significant challenges to growers. How can Farm Bureau help address water management challenges and seek long term solutions for farmers and ranchers?