Congratulations to Gracelynn Dale of Bureau County (far left) and Kye Witek of Lee County (far right) who have advanced on to the state Young Leader Discussion Meet, which will be held in December at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago. Also, congratulations on great discussion by Rebekah Brennan of LaSalle County (middle left) and Heather Kiner of LaSalle County (middle right) as they took part in a great competition. 
Young Leaders Advance to State Discussion Meet
Gracelynn Dale of Walnut took part in the District 4 YL Discussion Meet in Mendota on Monday, August 28th.  Four Young Leaders in all took part in the event. 
The Discussion Meet, sponsored by the IFB Young Leader Committee, is an exchange of ideas and information, about a particular topic, in which contestants must analyze problems and determine logical solutions.  
The purpose is to provide young Farm Bureau members involved with agriculture the opportunity to develop their skills in basic discussion techniques. Other objectives are:
  • To improve the ability of the contestants to analyze problems and determine logical solutions.
  • To allow contestants to gain an appreciation of the value of thinking and working in groups.
  • To provide a current topic which stimulates motivation for continued involvement in Farm Bureau.
  • To stimulate logical thinking and a desire to seek accurate information.
  • To help in learning to criticize constructively and accept the same in the right spirit.
This year’s topics focused on “How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?” and “How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?”
We congratulate all the participants on a great contest and wish the state finalists the best of luck in Chicago.