Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Announces Youth Speech Contest

by Grace McDonald

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation announces their annual Youth Speech Contest which will be held April 4 during the 2024 FFA State Convention at the Billings Metra.

“One of the MFB Foundation’s priority goals is to support agricultural education and leadership development of Montana’s youth,” said MFB Director of Foundation Development Alena Standley. “Some of Montana’s brightest young leaders have competed in this contest and it’s exciting to offer cash prizes to this age group.”

The Youth Speech Contest is open to students in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades who are enrolled in 4-H or FFA. It takes place between 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. in the Laurel Room.

The prepared speech needs to be between 2.5 – 4 minutes in length.  Participants must pre-register by March 25 at The contest results and awards will be presented at the MFB Foundation Booth in the State FFA Convention Trade Show later that day.

Speech topic:  Agriculture or Tourism? Which is really Montana’s cash crop? What does the Montana Agriculture Industry need to do to remain competitive and sustainable?

  • How can we work with the tourism industry to ensure a future for both?
  • Consider the economic impact of each industry in the state.
  • What does the future look like for each of these industries?

Cash Prizes: 1st place = $400, 2nd = $300, 3rd = $200, 4th = $100 and 5th = $50.

Questions? Contact Alena Standley at or 406-799-9955.

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