Young Farmers

Call for 2020 Competitive Event Applications!

Due to Parker Welch on Friday, November 29th. Email applications to or mail them to Maryland Farm Bureau, ATTN: Parker Welch, 3358 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville, MD 21035.
Discussion Meet
The Discussion Meet is a competition promoted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young
Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee. Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ ability to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. Applicants 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.

A successful applicant is a productive thinker rather than an emotional persuader. He/she will assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed and highlight Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions/steps. The applicants will discuss pre-selected topics using four bases for the general discussion: Cooperation, Constructive Criticism, Problem Solving, and Communication.

To help competitors prepare for state and national Discussion Meets, AFBF will be hosting a series of trainings again this fall. Each call/webinar will last an hour and include an industry expert on one of the five questions that will be used in the 2020 YF&R Discussion Meet in Austin and the YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet in Louisville. The first training will cover the overall competition and preparation tips. There will be ample time for questions and answers during each of the trainings. If you have interest in participating in these trainings, please notify Parker Welch at so that you can be added to the listserv and receive call-in credentials.

Excellence in Agriculture
The Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture Award competition is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to earn recognition, while actively contributing and growing though their involvement in Farm Bureau and agriculture.
Participants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and participation/involvement in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e., civic, service and community). The ideal candidate(s) for the Excellence in Agriculture Award is an individual or couple who does not have the majority of his/her net income subject to normal production risk.
Achievement Award
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annually conducts a Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award competition. State Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote this activity among county Farm Bureaus. Selection of the winning YF&R competitor is based on his/her efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement.

Participation in this program with individual recognition and the resulting publicity will help build the organization. The ideal candidate(s) for the Achievement Award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with a majority of his/her net income subject to normal production risks.

National Competitors

Congratulations to our two members who represented Maryland on the national level this year. Matt Teffeau, Talbot County, competed in the Discussion Meet competition at the American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, LA in January. Bethany Meyers, Garrett County, competed in the Collegiate Discussion Meet at the FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, WI in March.

Matt Teffeau, Talbot County

Bethany Meyers, Garrett County

Both state winners received a $250 gift from our member benefit partner Dungarees and an expense-paid trip to their respective competitions. Next year’s Discussion Meet topics were just released, so click here and start preparing for the 2020 competitions!

Learn more about how you can get involved at the state and national levels.

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