Friday, October 30, 2009

District IV YFR Discussion Meet

District IV YFR Discussion Meet, originally uploaded by IdFarmBureau, Ritter Photo
Discussion Meet: Biggest Turnout in Years

Caldwell--The District IV discussion meet was held at the Canyon County Farm Bureau offices in Caldwell Thursday night to a packed house that included Idaho Farm Bureau President Frank Priestley and Kara Jackson, Miss Idaho.

Shane Stevenson took first place followed by Michael Archibald and Jackson, competeing in her first meet finished a strong third.

All three won cash prizes and partial expense voucher to the to the state meet. This year's meet was well attended because last year's winner went on to win the national contest.

Discussion meets are designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member.

The strength of Farm Bureau is largely in its ability to involve members in analyzing their agricultural problems and deciding on solutions that best meet their needs. Discussion Meets provides an opportunity for participation on the part of young, active farmers and ranchers and helps develop a greater command of basic discussion skills and leadership.

The three fundamentals of general discussion are constructive criticism, cooperation and communication. The contestant's responsibility is to exchange ideas and information in an effort to solve a problem.