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Competitive Event Training Dates

Competitive Event Training Calls Schedule Reminder

The AFBF YF&R committee is working to finalize the Zoom trainings they will host to help competitors prepare for the Achievement Award (AA), Discussion Meet (DM) and Excellence in Agriculture (EA) competitions.

The committee will once again host a total of five, one-hour trainings. One will focus on the AA competition, and another will focus on the EA competition. Each of those trainings will have at least one past competitor and one state coordinator to share their experience. The trainings will cover the overall competition, preparation ideas and tips for success. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of each training.

The other three trainings will focus on the DM competition. The first call will again focus on the overall competition and have a past competitor and state coordinator to discuss their experience and tips for success. The other two trainings will focus on the five DM questions and will feature experts in the area of focus of the questions.

Recordings of all trainings will be posted on the Feed after they are all completed. Additional information will be posted prior to each training, including biographies of those who will be serving as experts for each of the trainings.

Tuesday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. 

DM competition overview
Registration link

Tuesday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. 

Deep dive into the DM questions 1, 2 and 5
Registration link

Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m. 

EA competition overview
Registration link

 

Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m.

AA competition overview
Registration link

Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 p.m. 

Deep dive into the DM questions 3 and 4
Registration link

The Discussion Meet is a contest promoted by the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. This contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member.

The contest itself involves a moderator and from four to six contestants. The moderator's responsibility is to introduce the topic and the contestants, start the discussion and keep it on track. The contestants discuss a pre-selected topic.

The three fundamental bases of general discussion are constructive criticism, cooperation, and communication. With this in mind, the participants' responsibility is to exchange ideas and information in an effort to solve a problem. The discussion should not be "conversation" or aimless talk nor should the participant take the role of a persuasive speaker. The participant should attempt to cooperatively shed further light on the problem and tentatively retain a flexible position. A successful participant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader, who is free to state beliefs and change positions whenever new information and ideas make that a reasonable thing to do.

Finally, this is not a panel symposium wherein each participant, in turn, makes a presentation, with the moderator ending the session with a summary. Rather, it is an exercise in cooperative problem solving, with the questions, answers, and statements coming from any quarter at any time.

*DO NOT FILL APPLICATION ONLINE. ONLY FILL OUT A FORM THAT HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED AND SAVED TO YOUR COMPUTER.

Discussion Meet

Achiever In Agriculture

The Achiever Award is designed to recognize those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming/ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority.

The contestants will be evaluated on a combination of their farming operation growth and financial progress of the operation, FB Leadership, as well as leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges will be looking for excellence in management, growth, and scope of the enterprise and self-initiative that have been displayed throughout the operation. A contestant's participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations is a definite point getter from the judges.

*DO NOT FILL APPLICATION ONLINE. ONLY FILL OUT A FORM THAT HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED AND SAVED TO YOUR COMPUTER.

Excellence In Agriculture

The Excellence in Agriculture award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years.  Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of agriculture issues, leadership experiences, and achievement.

*DO NOT FILL APPLICATION ONLINE. ONLY FILL OUT A FORM THAT HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED AND SAVED TO YOUR COMPUTER.