Nelson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Ridgewater College in Willmar. The competition was held Monday, November 16.

This year’s regional winner was Asa Nelson, a student from Tracy studying farm operations and management with an emphasis on crops. The runner-up of the regional contest was Morgan Uphoff, a student from Melrose studying farm operations and management with an emphasis on dairy.

Undergraduate students in agriculture from Ridgewater College participated in two rounds. They 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 two topics:

  1. Should we draft policy to protect livestock farmers from false accusations regarding animal care? What could it look like?
  2. How should Farm Bureau protect and encourage farmers’ ability to use new technology? How can Farm Bureau work with government and the public to ensure public acceptance while encouraging innovation?

Nelson and Uphoff will advance to the state Collegiate Discussion meet to be held on Saturday, November 21 as part of the 97th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The state winner receives an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, February 12-15, 2016 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Gislason & Hunter.

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.

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