The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers
program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers and Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture, said Cathy Day, interim executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, where the Young Farmers and Ranchers
program is managed.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Discussion Meet
competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic.
“Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems. Successful participants are productive thinkers rather than emotional persuaders and assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps,” said Day.
The person who wins the state competition in Nebraska will win a trip to the national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 11-15.
Discussion Meet Questions 2014
- How should Farm Bureau engage farmer/rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e. conventional, organic, large, small and niche markets), to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?
- How do we encourage young farmers and ranchers to continue to be involved in Farm Bureau? How can young producers lead even if they don’t hold elected positions on boards?
- What are the best practices for youth working on farms and ranches to ensure their safety and provide them learning opportunities in the area of agriculture production?
- U.S. agriculture is one of the major industries for the American economy. What can farmers do to stimulate more economic growth?
- How can young farmers and ranchers work with elected and appointed officials to eliminate unnecessary or excessive regulations placed upon agriculture while ensuring that new regulations are justified based on their costs and anticipated benefits?