Discussion Meet

The SCFB Young Farmer and Rancher program sponsors an annual Discussion Meet Contest that gives participants an opportunity to analyze agricultural problems and suggest solutions.

The contest is an activity designed to build critical thinking skills in young farmers. Participants enhance their discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues, and explore how groups can solve problems by building coalitions, sharing knowledge, and reaching a consensus. 

The state winner will receive an utility terrain vehicle, and an expense paid trip to San Diego, CA to compete in the 2015 AFBF Discussion Meet.

All contestants are winners! Each Discussion Meet participant will receive a cash award and a complimentary hotel stay for Friday night.

Download and print the application to enter.  The deadline is October 1, 2014.

YF&R Discussion Meet Location

SC Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Friday, December 5, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel - Myrtle Beach, SC


Discussion Meet Topics 2014

  1. How would the condition of government-managed public lands change if they were managed privately? What are the pros and cons of government ownership of land versus private ownership?
  2. Should farmers and ranchers be held liable for possible food-borne illnesses when the food item of concern can be traced back to their farms or ranches? Why or why not?
  3. The farm bill crop insurance provisions offer a safety net for crop loss due to natural disaster and/or price risk. Should a safety net for livestock producers be developed, and what provisions might it include?
  4. How can young farmers and ranchers work to encourage membership growth and member engagement for the county, state and national Farm Bureau organizations?
  5. How should our nation’s policies balance concerns about food insecurity against concerns about the safety or environmental impact of modern agricultural technologies? What role should farmers have in discussing and debating these issues in our society and with our lawmakers? 

To receive a copy of the application by mail or by fax, please contact your county Farm Bureau office or Melanie Moulder.