Youth Discussion Meet - Virtual Contest
Opening rounds starting May 19th and Final Four competition is May 20th
Must register by May 14th to compete for cash prizes!

May 17 - 20, 2021

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Official application for Virginia's 4-H & FFA members, or any high-school age youth who want to compete in the state Youth Discussion Meet contest -- taking place completely online in a virtual competition!
Eligibility:  Any of Virginia's Senior 4-H members or High School FFA members or any Virginia high school students with an interest in solving agricultural challenges are eligible to compete by registering here and attending the orientation meeting that will be held by video conference on May 17th. 
Note: Past state winners are not eligible. 
  • Registrations must be received through this site by the end of the day on May 14th. 
  • Contestants must have the ability to participate in online video conferencing using the Zoom platform -- appropriate internet access and bandwidth is the responsibility of the contestant. 
  • Communications with contestants prior to and during the event as needed by VAFB Young Farmers will be through email, so it is the contestant's responsibility to pay attention to and look for notices sent about the competition.  
  • Contestants will use the Discussion Meet questions and general format presented in the Discussion Meet manual available at and/or by contacting  
  • Every contestant who is eligible to compete, registers here and competes in the first round of the event will receive a cash prize. Actual amounts will be determined once we know how many are competing. Contestants who earn a Final Four invitation will receive additional prizes, along with the winner and runner-up.    
By registering to compete, you also verify that you will abide by all rules in fairness to others and be responsible in your responses to the issues. The contest is designed to work toward building positive solutions to real challenges in agriculture.  

Registration and additional contest information is below.  
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This event closed for registrations on 5/14/2021 5:00 PM
Competition Details:  
The Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Annual Youth Discussion Meet (YDM) will again be presented in a virtual (on-line) format to accomodate as many participants as possible. The state Young Farmers committee adopted the following timeline and procedure for holding the statewide contest: 
  • Applications will be accepted through May 14th. 
  • Young Farmers will communicate by email with all applicants - a mandatory orientation for the contest events and activities will take place in the afternoon on Monday, May 17th. 
  • First round question will be announced during the orientation.  
  • Two to three rounds of YDM will occur on Wednesday, May 19th in order to reach the final four contestants. Number of opening rounds will depend on total number of participants and next questions will be provided during the break between rounds.
  • Final Four will be announced after all rounds are completed and scored on Wednesday, May 19th on VAFB Young Farmers social media and by email to all competitors.  
  • The four highest scoring competitors will be invited to compete in the virtual competition.  Alternates will be notified and replace final four contestants if an individual decides not to advance.
  • Final Four question will be announced at the same time as the finalists are announced. 
  • Final Four competition will take place Thursday evening, May 20th at approximately 7 PM online and broadcast live on Facebook.
  • Winner and 1st runner-up will be announced on Facebook later that evening – after judges scores are tallied - between 8:00-8:30 PM.  
The 2021 Discussion Meet Questions are: 

1. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many challenges in our nation’s food supply chain.  While farmers, processors and retailers were able to continue providing adequate food, the shortages created opportunities to learn about and resolve weaknesses in the system. As leaders in your youth organizations, how can young agriculturalists use lessons learned in 2020 to strengthen the industry for the future?  

2. Rural and lower income populations are largely underserved by broadband internet connectivity and unable to compete in education and career opportunities. What mix of investment and government initiatives can provide reliable broadband access to farmers, lower income regions and rural America?
3. The Chesapeake Bay is a treasured national resource that is largely in Virginia, and farmers have gone to great lengths to protect water quality through on-farm best management practices. What actions can be taken by youth in agriculture to help communicate with legislators and non-farm populations about the positive steps agriculture is taking to protect the environment?  

4. Many of our youth in agriculture do not come from a farm background and have few farm experiences, but do have a growing excitement for opportunities in the industry. How do we help youth become better prepared for a career in the agricultural industry beyond in-class instruction and showing livestock?  What can Farm Bureau do to help our youth participating in 4-H, FFA or other youth organizations gain on-farm experience?

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