Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers

The Collegiate Farm Bureau program is part of the YF&R program and works to engage agricultural students from college campuses, introducing them to Farm Bureau. 

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation does not currently have Collegiate Young Farmer & Rancher clubs. To learn more about Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers or how to start a chapter at your university or community college, contact Leadership Coordinator Rachael Peterson.

Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest

The Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.


  • Campus contests are held throughout the state in the fall
  • Two finalists from participating campuses advance to compete at the state finals during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation LEAP Conference in January
  • The winner of the state competition advances to represent Minnesota at the national Collegiate Discussion Meet competition, held during the  American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference


  • Cash prize, sponsored by Christensen Farms
  • Transportation, lodging and registration costs covered to attend the national YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet competition, held during the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Leadership Conference, sponsored by Christensen Farms

2022 Application     2022-23 Manual

Campus Contacts and Competition Dates

Riverland Community College, Austin
Nov. 22, 2022
Contact: Caitlin Keck, 

South Central Mankato & Mankato State University  
Oct. 31, 2022 at 12:00 noon in Conference Center C
Contact: Ashle Benson, 

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall 
Contact: Cassy Postler,

Ridgewater College, Willmar
Ridgewater Ag Department
Nov. 8, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Pizza will be served
Contacts: Kari Slinden,,  Erin Larson,

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
Contact Jessica Bester,

University of Minnesota, Crookston
Contact Brady and Katie Lee,