2018 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet Application

This the electronic application for 2018 OFBF Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet Contest. The deadline for the application is Oct. 30, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY
• Must be a farmer/voting member of a county Farm Bureau.
• Must be 18-35 years of age prior to Jan. 31, 2019.
• Must not have received a public speaking fee or honorarium in the past 24 months.
• Previous state winners and current Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team are ineligible.
• Past and present members of the AFBF YF & R Committee may not apply.
• County, state and American Farm Bureau employees are not eligible, as well as affiliate companies.

2018 Discussion Meet Topics, Competition & Awards
SEMI-FINALS
December 6, 2017 at Ohio Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Columbus. Round 1 will begin at 3 p.m. and Round 2 will begin at 5 p.m. Contestants will receive a free registration to the Annual Meeting.

Semi-Final Round 1 Question: Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?

Semi-Final Round 2 Question: How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?

FINALS
Four finalists will be chosen to compete Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the YAP Winter Leadership Conference in Columbus and will receive one free registration to the conference.

Final Round 1 Question: With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?

STATE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
- $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance
- Expense paid trip to OFBF Annual Meeting including two-nights lodging and invitation to the Kick-Off luncheon Dec. 5-7, 2018
- Expense paid trip to AFBF annual convention January 2019 in New Orleans, LA.

Please contact your county Farm Bureau office or Melinda Witten at mwitten@ofbf.org with questions or concerns.

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