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Miller Wins State FFA Discussion Meet

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the ninth FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition. Fifteen regional FFA winners from across the state competed at the Minnesota State FFA Convention on Sunday, April 25 at the Continuing Education Conference Center Building on the University of Minnesota campus.

Brianna Miller of the Waseca FFA Chapter won the competition and Kyle O'Toole of the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton FFA Chapter took second place. Jeff Knoblach of the Morris FFA Chapter and Katie Eggert of Hutchinson FFA Chapter also advanced to the final round. Miller and O'Toole both receive a college scholarship sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Other regional winners participating in the Discussion Meet included: Nathan Haskins - Perham FFA, Jacob Chisholm - Sparsley Populated FFA, Ryan Bart - Staples/Motley FFA, Emily Rasmussen - Grand Rapids FFA, Casey Krieger - KMS FFA, Andrew Miron - Forest Lake FFA, Sarah Marketon - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA, Carlie Hedlund - Dassel Cokato FFA, Kate Merna - Marshall FFA, Erin Morrison - Belle Plain FFA and Steve Lammers - Southland FFA.

Topics of discussion for this year's event included: How does the public perception of American farmers and ranchers affect agriculture?, How can American agriculture increase the opportunities for new uses of traditional agricultural products? and What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and remain there?

Students participated in two semi-final rounds and the top four advanced to a final round. Contestants 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.

Minnesota Farm Bureau 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 help 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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