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Winslow attends National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference


Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-11. Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County was among the more than 1,000 participants who attended this conference.

Collegiate Discussion Meet

Winslow was also the winner of the MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet and competed in the National YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet on February 8-9 competing against 52 other collegiate members. Winslow finished in the top four of the competition. All of the Collegiate Discussion Meet competitors in the AFBF YF&R contest receive a $250 scholarship from the CHS Foundation. As a Final Four competitor, Winslow will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship. Winslow attends the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is majoring in majoring in agricultural education.

“I was very honored to represent MFBF in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet competition,” said Winslow. “I am excited to utilize what I learned about other Young Farmers & Ranchers programs from across the nation.”

AFBF YF&R Committee

Miles and Sarah Kuschel from Sebeka in Cass County were officially appointed to their two-year term on the AFBF YF&R Committee at the conference. The AFBF YF&R Committee is in charge of planning YF&R competitive events, identifying programs and potential speakers for the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference and taking part in committee meetings. The Kuschels served on the Minnesota YF&R Committee from 2008-2011 and Miles served as the chair in 2011. They ranch with Miles’ parents and grandparents, along with their three children near Sebeka.

Attendee Highlights

Participants heard from Dr. David Kohl from Farm Credit University, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore, Smithfield CEO Larry Pope and motivational speaker Steve Gilliland. Attendees also toured farms and agricultural businesses around Virginia Beach.

Conference attendees included: Pete Henslin – MFBF YF&R Committee Member from Dodge County; Miles and Sarah Kuschel – AFBF YF&R Committee Members from Cass County; Hannah Molitor – MFBF YF&R Committee Member from Stearns County; Joe Sullivan from Renville County; and Katie Winslow – MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet winner from Fillmore County.

Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers•Families•Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations 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 efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

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