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Youth Speech Contest and Scholarships Benefit Alachua County Youth

Youth Speech Contest

Each year, the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program sponsors a statewide Youth Speech Contest. The contest has three levels of competition: County, District and State. Alachua County students who meet the criteria, below, should download and complete the form contained in the Youth Speech Contest Packet for 2019.

Youth Speech Contest Packet 2019

The form must be submitted no later than May 1, 2019 to to, or hand-carried or mailed to Peggi Justesen, Alachua County Farm Bureau, 16206 NW 163 Lane, Alachua, FL. 32615.

The winner of the County contest will compete in the District contest and the District winner then competes against the other seven District winners in the State competition, held October 31, 2019 at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting.

This Year’s Topic:

“Recent natural disasters have had a major impact on agriculture. How have these impacts affected consumers?”


  • Limit speech to 5 minutes +/ -30 seconds.

  • Must prepare and perform speech personally.

  • No visual aids such as PowerPoint presentations or posters permitted.

  • Must be a resident of Alachua County but needn’t be a Farm Bureau member.

  • Must be at 14 years of age and not over 18 years of age on or before September 13, 2019.

Prizes (county level competition):

  • First Place Winner – $150

  • Second Place Winner — $100

  • Third Place Winner — $50

County Contest: Takes place May 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Alachua County Farm Bureau’s new Headquarters, 16206 NW 163 Lane, Alachua, FL. 32615

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019


Alachua County Farm Bureau offers both academic and career/technical scholarships to graduating high school seniors whose families are Alachua County Farm Bureau members. Students submit a completed Academic Scholarship Application along with their transcript, a 3×5 photo, two letters of reference on character and citizenship, a resume of school/community extracurricular activities and a 500 word essay.

The 2019 application submission deadline is April 8, 2019 with scholarships being awarded before high school graduation.