16th FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the 16th FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition on April 22. Pictured left to right are John Weston Barber – finalist of the Elbow Lake Area FFA Chapter, Laura Shoutz – finalist of the Litchfield FFA Chapter, Molly Lindgren – runner-up of the Staples-Motley FFA Chapter, Macy Rennpferd – first place of the Maple River FFA Chapter and MFBF President Kevin Paap.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation worked with the Minnesota FFA to sponsor the 16th FFA/Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition. Thirteen regional FFA finalists from across the state competed at the Minnesota State FFA Convention on April 22 at the Continuing Education Conference Center Building on the University of Minnesota campus.

Macy Rennpferd of the Maple River FFA Chapter won the competition and Molly Lindgren of the Staples-Motley FFA Chapter took second place. John Weston Barber of the Elbow Lake Area FFA Chapter and Laura Shoutz of the Litchfield FFA Chapter also advanced to the final round. Rennpferd and Lindgren both receive a college scholarship sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Other regional winners participating in the Discussion Meet included: Dakota Cochran, Tracy Area FFA; Ashley Kortekaas, Grand Rapids FFA; Liz Krienke, HLWW (Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted); Tristan Rabbe, Martin County West FFA; Valerie Sauder, Pine Island FFA; Bailee Schiefelbein, Kimball FFA; Levi Schmidt, Belle Plaine FFA; Rebeckah Schroeder, Caledonia FFA; Jenna Skarphal, Forest Lake FFA.

Topics of discussion for this year’s event included:

What are the roles and avenues that FFA and Farm Bureau can work together in addressing issues surrounding animal care and animal practices?

How do Farm Bureau, FFA and agriculture education programs continue to help students develop their premier leadership, personal growth and career success?

How can Farm Bureau and FFA work to ensure that the future of agriculture can meet the demand of producing food for a growing population?

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 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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