The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation hosted the ninth annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Thursday, November 15 on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.
Six undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities participated. Students participated in two rounds and a final and were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues, and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. The contestants discussed three topics:
- What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities as a metropolitan community?
- How should Farm Bureau help prepare its members – both young and old – for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers? What is Farm Bureau’s role in encouraging more transfers?
- How can Farm Bureau play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools?
This year’s winner was Katie Winslow from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Katie is from Fountain in Fillmore County. She is a junior majoring in agricultural education.
The state winner receives an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7-10, 2014 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.
Other finalists included: Jared Luhman of Goodhue, Sarah Marketon of Howard Lake and Kirby Schmidt of Marshall. Finalists receive a $100 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Other participants included Michaela Gallup of Dassel and Lisa Roker of Bird Island.
Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.