The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted the 14th annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Saturday, November 17 as part of the 100th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.
This year’s winner was Emily Annexstad of St. Peter in Nicollet County attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying animal science and agricultural communications and marketing. The runner-up was Amber Johnson of Sebeka in Wadena County attending the University of Minnesota – Crookston studying agricultural communications.
Undergraduate students qualified at regional competitions held at South Central College – Mankato, Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) – Marshall, Ridgewater College – Willmar, Riverland Community College – Austin, University of Minnesota (U of M) - Crookston and U of M -Twin Cities. Two from each college competition advanced to the state meet.
Students participated in two rounds and a final round. 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 final round question discussed by the contestants was:
• Technology is one of the driving forces for innovation and advancement in agriculture. How can agriculture attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into agricultural careers?
The state winner receives an expense paid trip from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Christensen Farms to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, March 15-19, 2019 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $500 scholarship and the runner-up a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Gislason & Hunter.
Other finalists included Leah Tidemann from Faribault attending Riverland Community College in Austin majoring in agricultural science, and Haleigh Ortmeier Clarke from Slayton attending U of M – Twin Cities studying plant science.