State Extemporaneous Speaking Topics

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Idaho FFA Extemporaneous Speaking 2019 Preliminary Topics
Agricultural Literacy and Advocacy
 What is the role of agricultural producers in educating the public about differences between organic and inorganic agricultural products?
 What efforts should be taken to help consumers understand food safety regulations in the United States?
 How does misinformation shared through social media impact the agricultural industry?
Current Agricultural Issues
 How could climate change legislation affect agricultural production?
 What impact has the legalization of cannabis had on the broader agricultural industry?
 What efforts should be taken to ensure there is a reliable and competent workforce to meet the needs of the nation’s farms and ranches?
Advancing Agriculture Through Agricultural Science
 What is the role of science in feeding a growing global population?
 How can scientists combat negative public perceptions about the safety of biotechnology practices in food and fiber production?
 What career opportunities exist for computer-based scientists in modern agricultural production?
Current Technology Use and Application in Agriculture
 How can remote sensing be used to enhance crop production?
 What technologies exist to help track agricultural products from farm to fork?
 What can be done with the data collected by modern agricultural technology
applications like remote sensing and RFID systems?
Agrimarketing and International Agriculture
 How does an increasing consumer concern about where and how food is produced impact the way agricultural producers grow and market their products?
 What trade agreements are having the largest impact on agricultural producers today?
 How can an FFA member take advantage of opportunities to experience International agriculture?
Food and Fiber Systems
 What are the implications of domestic hunger on the way we produce and market food in Idaho?
 How can production practices be used to ensure sustainable soil health?
 What impact do food labels have on the way consumers view agricultural production?

Idaho FFA Extemporaneous Speaking 2019 Finals Topics
Agricultural Literacy and Advocacy
 Who should play the largest role in educating the public about modern agricultural practices?
 Most of the farms and ranches in the United States are family-owned. What can be done to combat consumer fears surrounding large-scale agricultural production?
 How can STEM concepts be highlighted in an agricultural education program?
Current Agricultural Issues
 How could the “Green New Deal” affect agricultural producers as they work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
 What steps should be taken to balance border security with agricultural labor needs?
 What components of the 2018 Farm Bill are important to the future of food and fiber production in the US?
Advancing Agriculture Through Agricultural Science
 What problems in agriculture should scientists be focusing on solving? What progress has been made related to solving these issues?
 Many Americans ignore scientist claims about the safety of GMO crops. How can we successfully educate the public about the science behind this technology?
 Is in-vitro (cultured) meat the next best thing in meat alternatives?
Current Technology Use and Application in Agriculture
 How has the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) changed the way livestock producers manage their operations?
 As the average age of the farmer increases, how can we make sure agricultural producers have the knowledge and skills to implement new agricultural technologies?
 How can using autonomous agricultural robots (AgBots, FarmBots, etc.) affect the future of agricultural production?
Agrimarketing and International Agriculture
 What are the major implications for agriculture related to the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement?
 In what ways has the US-China Trade War had an impact on US agricultural exports?
 An increasing portion of US citizens live in urban areas. How can we market agricultural products to individuals who have less of a personal  connection with agricultural producers?
Food and Fiber Systems
 What role could the growth of farmer’s markets play in shaping public perception about agricultural products?
 How does food waste play into the challenge of reducing domestic and global hunger?
 What does the average American consumer NOT understand about food and fiber production?

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