July 18, 2018
Four young agriculturists will advance to Florida Farm Bureau’s statewide Florida Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet competition after collectively developing solutions to real life challenges facing agriculture.
Preliminary and semi-final discussion meet rounds were held at the Young Farmers and Ranchers State Leadership Conference in St. Augustine, July 13-15.
Candace Munz of Leon County, Brian Norris of Charlotte County, Jared Smith of Putnam/ St. Johns County and Zachary Sweat of Collier County will compete at the final competition round at the 2018 Florida Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting, Oct. 24-26, in St. Augustine.
The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition involves the exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges look for contestants who offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing problems and developing solutions.
The winner of the state competition will receive a $500 cash award, a John Deere XUV 560E courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Company and an expense-paid trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans where the winner will represent Florida in the national Discussion Meet competition, Jan. 14-16.