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 & AwardsSEMI-FINALSDecember 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?
FINALSFour 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.