The Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers held their local Discussion Meet on December 8 in Bozeman. Karli Clark was this year’s winner. Clark, a junior in Ag Business at MSU-Bozeman, will travel to Grand Rapids Michigan in February to compete in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet. Sarah Snow, Ben Johnson, and Lane Nordlund also participated.
The Discussion Meet is a national contest designed to simulate a committee meeting with a focus on productive and functional discussion regarding a specific issue. There are five possible topics distributed by the AFBF YF&R committee each year. Contest organizers pick one topic for contestants to discuss and participants then have 20 minutes of open discussion regarding the question. This year, the contestants discussed, “Are the current and proposed Renewable Energy Policies beneficial to all segments of American agriculture? Why or why not?”
Each contestant delivered a 30-second opening statement and then the open discussion began. There was great discussion on the topic and the
participants thoroughly dissected and examined the potential for alternate and renewable energy resources for Montana and the nation. At the conclusion of the open discussion, participants gave a one-minute closing statement to sum up their main points. The contestants were scored on six main points; a cooperative attitude, problem solving and implementation, delivery, analysis of topic or problem, definition of the problem in their opening statement, and their ability to summarize the discussion and formulate direction for the future in a closing statement.
In Grand Rapids, Karli will compete with other collegiate winners from across the nation. If selected to compete in the final four, Clark will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and if selected as the overall winner, she will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship.
Thank you to all who participated and good luck to Karli in Grand Rapids!