Young Leaders Host District Discussion Meet

Pictured are this year’s District 4 Discussion Meet participants as they take part in the discussion meet.  This year was a bit different as we made space in order to social distance the contestants and the judges.  From L-R: Katie Smith, Alexa Jacobs, Zach Becker and Evan Quinn.


Young Leaders Host District Discussion Meet

Two Bureau County Young Leaders took part in the District 4 YL Discussion Meet in Princeton on Tuesday, August 11th.  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 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 district discussion topics focused on “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?” and “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?”.

The two participants selected to advance to the state meet sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders in December are Evan Quinn, Zachary Becker from Lee County.  We congratulate all the participants on a great contest and wish the 2 state finalists the best of luck in what will likely be a virtual discussion meet as part of the IAA Annual Meeting later this fall.