Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County finished in the top four of the National Collegiate Discussion Meet competition today at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was among 53 who competed. In addition to Winslow, the Final Four this evening consisted of young farmers from Missouri, Wisconsin and Oklahoma with the winner from Wisconsin.
“Coming to this conference and competing in the Discussion Meet allowed me to network and share ideas with other young farmers and ranchers from across the country,” said Winslow. “I truly appreciate the opportunities I have had with Farm Bureau, and I plan on continuing to be an active member.”
Winslow advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet Competition in November. Contestants are 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.
All of the Collegiate Discussion Meet competitors in the AFBF YF&R contest will 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. She is from Fountain in Fillmore County and is the daughter of Scott and Jean Winslow.
Eight Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among over 1,000 Farm Bureau members attending the AFBF YF&R Conference. The conference also features seminars, tours and a Harvest for All service project.