Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Speech Contest

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to announce their annual Foundation Youth Speech Contest will be held during the 2023 FFA State Convention, on March 23, at the Atrium Building, Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls. One of our Foundation's most important goals is to aid in the agricultural education and the leadership development of Montana's youth, and this speech contest fits that goal, and we are offering great prizes to make this an exciting opportunity. The Foundation Youth Speech Contest will be open to students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Contestants must register by March 17, 2022, and a manuscript must be presented at check-in. 

For more information, contact Alena Standley at or 406-587-3153.

Click here for a registration form or Click here to see how contestants will be judged.

Speech topic: Engaging Gen Z Consumers: Born mid '90s to early 2010s, Generation Z makes up 20% of U.S. consumers purchasing food today and 1/3 of the global population. This generation has shown they purchase food and beverages that align with social trends and personal values

  • What makes this generation unique compared to their predecessors and how does the purchasing preferences of Gen Z'ers affect the agricultural industry?
  • How will farmers and ranchers have to adapt to compete in these market trends?
  • What role do youth in ag organizations play in this conversation?

The speech contest is open to students currently in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade.  Your prepared speech needs to be between 2.5 - 4 minutes in length.  FFA members, 4-H members and any other student in Montana are eligible to enter the contest. 

Prizes:  1st place = $400.00, 2nd = $300.00, 3rd = $200.00, 4th = $100 and 5th = $50.