The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is urging young agriculturalists between ages 18-35 to compete in the MFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet Tuesday, November 10 during the MFBF 101st Annual Convention in Billings. For the sixth year, Montana Polaris is the sponsor of the YF&R Discussion Meet, awarding a Ranger® Side by Side UTV to the winner of the competition. The convention has been scaled back this year, however the Discussion Meet will continue in person.

The Discussion Meet contest 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 and is an excellent way for young people to learn more about agricultural issues. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers cooperation and communication while analysing agricultural problems and developing solutions. (See questions below.)

In addition to giving away the Polaris to the Discussion Meet winner, the participating Polaris dealers are offering a special deal to farmers and ranchers in Montana to show their appreciation of the work those in agriculture do.  For the month of September, Polaris is offering 10 percent off, up to $1,500, plus up to a two- year warranty on Rangers, ATVs and Generals for those who farm and ranch for a living.

“We thank our Montana Polaris dealers for their continued support of our young farmer and rancher program as well as their recognition and appreciation for all farmers and ranchers who grow our food and fiber,” said YF&R Committee Chair J.M. Peck. “We encourage young farmers and ranchers to participate in the 2020 Discussion Meet which provides a great way to learn more about agriculture as well as provides an excellent chance to take home a Ranger.”

For more information on the YF&R Program and the YF&R Discussion Meet, visit mfbf.org/programs/Young-Farmers-Ranchers or call Sue Ann Streufert, 406-587-3153, sueanns@mfbf.org.

 

Discussion Meet Questions

 

  1. International trade is important to agriculture. We must continue working to build strong relations with existing customers while seeking out new trade partners to strengthen market stability. How can we enhance existing, and establish new and diverse foreign trading partners?

 

  1. Connectivity underpins the modern economy. What mix of investment and policy initiatives can provide reliable broadband access to farmers, ranchers and rural America?

 

  1. The increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters creates additional risk for farmers and ranchers. What tools and production practices can be engaged to reduce climate and weather risks?

 

  1. The decline in rural populations is accelerated by a poor farm economy. What solutions would enhance the vibrancy and economic sustainability of agriculture and rural communities?

 

  1. Is big data a big solution or big exposure? Technology tools are often cited as a method of increasing productivity and profitability, but there are liabilities that go along with technology. As young farmers and ranchers we are often first adopters. How do we ensure clear understanding of the risks and rewards of big data and smart farming?

 

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