Undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities participated. Students participated in two rounds and a final and 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 contestants discussed two topics:
How would the condition of government-managed public lands change if they were managed privately? What are the pros and cons of government ownership of land versus private ownership?
How should our nation’s policies balance concerns about food insecurity against concerns about the safety or environmental impact of modern agricultural technologies? What role should farmers have in discussing and debating these issues in our society and with our lawmakers?
This year’s winner was Jared Luhman from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Jared is from Goodhue in Goodhue County. He is a senior majoring in agricultural education.
The state winner receives an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Fusion Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, February 13-16, 2015 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Gislason & Hunter.
Other finalists included Christine Reitsma of Sauk Centre and Rachael Rostad of Wanamingo.
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.